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  An Understanding Of Assimilation And Segregation In “A Raisin In The Sun”

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry discusses segregation and discrimination that held relevance for the citizens of America in the 1950s. The citizens made an implication that those who are African American think that society only responds positively to the actions of the White Americans. This lead to African Americans culturally assimilating; conforming and giving society what the majority or privileged want by changing their style of speech and appearance, while some would try to maintain their connection to their history. Thus in Act II, Scene I of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry interprets the concept of cultural assimilation through George’s actions as he arrives and ...view middle of the document...

However, he is still an African American man and for him to neglect African culture, show his lack of respect for his heritage and African Americans and also the way he has assimilated to the white society. George is instead more interested in his family’s success than the oppressive structures of society, that he has forgotten his roots and isn’t ashamed to admit that it is pointless to waste time worrying about heritage. Due to this, Beneatha and George as a couple show that they are complete opposites; he is an assimilationist while she is Afrocentrist. Their relationship creates an understanding of the level of segregation that exists between African Americans because of White America.

Furthermore, in the beginning of the play, Beneatha has straight hair that resembles the hair of a Caucasian woman which shows her instance of assimilation. Beneatha briefly discusses her hair and its connection to their heritage with Asagai which eventually leads to her interest in African heritage. In Act II, Scene I Beneatha puts on a traditional Nigerian ensemble along with a head dress and while elated, begins to play Nigerian music and dance to it. She begins to appreciate the attire that may have once been worn by her ancestors. During George’s arrival, she takes off her head dress and her newly cut, natural hair is exposed. George’s response to the situation aggravated her and in response to George, she speaks about heritage and states “you are standing there in your splendid ignorance talking about people who were the first to smelt iron on the face of the earth”(Hansberry). Beneatha states this with a tone of disbelief showing that George is insulting people who have paved the way for him to even exist. The act of cutting her hair symbolizes her embracement and understanding of African heritage and rejection of societal norms. The hair represents that everyone does not have to resemble a Caucasian American to look beautiful or be accepted, instead maintain the beauty she already has culturally. This shows that not only are Caucasian and African Americans segregated but the African Americans have segregated themselves internally and externally and are trying to find ways to reject that segregation.

Additionally, the concept of segregation is not limited to be the separation of only whites and nonwhites but instead goes beyond that. In some instances, African Americans...

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