A Raisin in the Sun

What does the play show about pride in heritage? Are mama and Beneatha BOTH proud of their heritages in different ways? Does walter become proud of his heritage?

play as a whole ; "A raisin in the sun".

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Yes, they are both proud of their African heritage and culture, although Beneatha's pride is extensively based on culture, whereas her mother is focused on religion. You wouldn't look at Mama or her actions and say' "Whoa........ she's embracing her African heritage,"....... what she embraces is her family and their survival.

Bemeatha wants to connect with her African heritage. She begins a relationship with Asagai, she learns traditional African dances, and dresses in traditional African clothing. With her engagement to Asagai, and the knowledge that they plan on returning to Africa together.......... we assume she will get what she desires.

Mama is completely different. For Mama....... it's all about the family, the community, and the church. It's about raising children, and then continuing to raise them once they reach adulthood. It's about seeing mistakes and forgiving those mistakes, it's about second chances, faith and trust.

Walter also learns to embrace his culture, but not in the same way as his sister. He's not wearing African clothing or attending African events. What he learns in the end, is that to be a "manly man" with "manly pride," you have to be able to put your pride aside. He wants to be prosperous, he wants to be a provider, but he never really accomplishes this until he gets the chip off of his shoulder. We know how much he's grown as a person what at the end of the novel he refuses to take money to move out of the white neighborhood when Linder offers it. He refuses to be bought out and told he's not good enough...... or the right right color to live there.


A Raisin in the Sun