A Raisin in the Sun
In an informal essay, explore the subplot revolving around Beneatha’s romantic choice (George, Joseph, or none of the above) as a parallel plot. What does this element add to A Raisin in the Sun as a whole? How would the play be changed if this parallel plot were excluded? Beneatha’s men talk like this: “I know it and I don’t mind it sometimes…I want you to cut it out, see – The moody stuff, I mean, I don’t like it. You’re a nice-looking girl…all over. That’s all you need, honey, forget the atmosphere. Guys aren’t going to go for the atmosphere…” (96) Include consideration of the following in your discussion: It is easy to imagine Hansberry hearing this speech in her real life from men who valued her as an object and “not a poet.” How does this parallel plot add meaning and underscore the theme that resolution is ambiguous. How do you suppose the subplot will work out? Will Beneatha go to Africa? In the time of Clybourne Park, where have Beneatha, Travis, and the unborn Younger gone off to? Why are they not taking over the house in Clybourne Park?
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