In Act II, Scene i, of A Raisin in the Sun, the audience is truly introduced to just how meaningful the opposition that Beneatha has towards oppression is, through herthrough her studying to be a doctor, regardless of what others think/say, her performance of a Nigerian folk dance, wearing the Nigerian robes that Asagai gave her, and when she cuts her hair to take a stance for her African heritage. Though initially, everyone is shocked and confused, Ruth and George both eventually show appreciation and understanding towards the sudden course of action.In many instances throughout the scene, Beneatha is heard to be fighting the idea of assimilation, or the desire to join or become one with white culture. The way she speaks of George in comparison to Asagai is an example of this; when speaking about George she states “the only people in the world who are more snobbish than rich white people are rich colored people”, meanwhile when she speaks about Asagai she fawns over how accomplished and intellectual he is. However while talking about either of these two young men, Beneatha stays true to herself, claiming she wants more than just one feeling toward a man, which helps further portray her independent personality.
In today’s media, and within the last five years especially, there have been many instances of standing up for what people truly believe in, rather than what society is telling them to be. One of the movements or trends that has been happening in the recent years is the “free the nipple movement”, where woman are going against the idea of having to wear a bra to make others feel comfortable, when women themselves are making themselves uncomfortable. Of course this goes farther than not wearing a bra, on a much bigger scale, citizens from other countries are fighting their governments when they think a law or course of action is unjust and unfair and should be changed. The use of striking is a popular way of getting one’s point across. Like Beneatha changing her hairstyle as a form to express her true self and celebrate her heritage, people around the globe are also acting out in peaceful protests, and while they are not always well received, the point is still made.
One of the most recent examples of opposition in the media has effected millions and millions of people; the longest government shutdown in the course of United States history. The shutdown happened after President Trump and the U.S. Senate failed to negotiate on the budget for 2019, including the infamous wall that President Trump has gone on record to plan to build on the U.S. border. It is important to keep in mind, however that this was not the first time that a form of protest will happen to make a stance, nor will it be the last.
Question #1: Choose one other character in A Raisin in the Sun who has shown opposition. What have they been opposing, how have they shown opposition and what are the reactions they’ve received from other characters?
Question #2: How else does A Raisin in the Sunrelate to current events happening in the world or events that have happened in the past five or so years? (This could be an event that has happened specifically in your life if you feel comfortable to share!)