Dramatic Analysis

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In the 1960s segregation and discrimination is still relevant to the citizens of the United States. The citizens make an implication that those who are African American think that society only responds positively to the actions of the White Americans. This leads to African Americans conforming and giving society what they want by changing their style of speech and appearance, this is called cultural assimilation. In Act II, Scene I of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry interprets the concept of cultural assimilation with the actions of George as he arrives and unintentionally interrupts Beneatha and Walter’s “African” performance. This scene signifies the struggle between trying to ...view middle of the document...

Although Beneatha and George are dating they are complete opposites, he is an assimilationist while she is Afrocentric.
As the play begins it is known that Beneatha has straight hair that resembles the hair of a Caucasian woman. She briefly talks with Asagai who questions her hair, which leads to her interest in her heritage. In Act II, Scene I she puts on her Nigerian ensemble along with a head dress and is elated and begins to play Nigerian music and dance to it. She obviously appreciates the attire that may have once been worn by her ancestors. Once George arrives she takes off her head dress and her newly cut, natural hair is exposed. She is aggravated with what George says about her 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) She states this with a tone of disbelief because George has insulted people who have paved the way for him to even exist. This all happens as a result of Beneatha cutting her hair. Her haircut acts as a symbol; it symbolizes her embracing her African heritage. It is also a way of telling society that everyone does not have to resemble a Caucasian American to look beautiful or be accepted. This shows that not only are Caucasian and African Americans segregated but the African Americans have segregated themselves.
While the concept of segregation is understood to be the separation of whites and blacks, it is not always accurate. Sometimes African Americans have a way of segregating themselves because of envy and social class. While Beneatha is getting dressed Ruth begins to talk to George but is soon walter begins to talk to him when he mentions New York. George mentions...

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