In the novel, A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, although Beneatha Younger may be young, she presents herself as a strong- willed and mature Black woman who is ambitious and determined to achieve her goals and succeed in life. She is the type of woman who believes in herself enough to accomplish her dreams and is a positive example not only for Black women, but to every woman. Her aspirations may be far- fetched for a Black woman in her days, but for her, they are simply a reality waiting to happen.
Beneatha Younger, a mature 20 yr. old young woman and the daughter of Mama and the sister of Walter Lee Younger, is in college and dreams to be a doctor. She is full of life and enjoys every minute of it. As a young, Black woman during her days, she believes that she has the right to dream and not just to dream, but also to dream big. A social butterfly, she has two young men, Asagai and George Murchison, courting her, but not distracting her from her goals. Asagai is originally from Nigeria and George Murchison is a young man who comes from a very rich family. She spends her free time with them and taking up guitar lessons. She loves her life, but she also adores her family. Her family looks to her as the bread- winner and their only hope for a better life. This drives her to want to fulfill her dream even more.
Beneatha Younger is determined to become a doctor. Even when her brother questions her and scolds at her for wanting to be one and tells her to just become a nurse or get married, she retorts with defiance. She doesn’t let him put her down and she stands up for herself. (36)
She even tells her sister-in-law, Ruth, that she is not worried about whom she is going to marry or even if she wants to. (50) Both Mama and Ruth suggest George Murchison to her, but she admonishes the idea for the sheer reason that she believes that George Murchison and his family, especially his mother, “are snobbish and worse than rich white people.” (49) She wants her...