Theme Of Feminism In A Raisin In The Sun

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In A raisin in the sun author Lorraine Hansberry was keen on enlighten her audience on woman’s rights and feminism in the African American community. The play takes place after World War 2 where both black and white men fought together for equality however back home in the United States it was not the case. After the war, whites were still considered the superior race to African Americans but as an African American woman, they were at an even lower class than the African American men. As an African American woman in the 1950’s and 1960’s they were not only fighting for their rights as a race but were oppressed by class, and gender. African American feminism or “black feminism if you will, is known as a school of thought which argues that sexism, class oppression, and racism are inextricably bound together.”…show more content…
The women in the play are strong and independent even in the period where a significant amount of women thought it best to be behind a man letting him run the household. Though ridiculed by the chauvinistic views of Walter Jr. the woman in the younger household do not conform to Walter’s opinions. Walter’s sister Beneatha Younger had an issue with his views and would perpetually argue with her brother concerning his opinion about his mother wife and what she stands for. Hansberry created Beneatha Younger to embody the idealistic role of a young feminist. Through the play, Beneatha is fighting what is expected of her, fighting where she fits in as a class and asserts herself over values of her family and prejudice of society. Beneatha’s character is strong, determined and finding her own path in a man’s world. Beneatha holds the most modern views in the Younger household; she is not interested in marrying George when her family suggests. She is focusing on the pursuit her dream in becoming a doctor, which is a male dominated profession at the

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