A Raisin in the Sun Support Notes Cultural Assimilation (melting pot theory) – Giving up your individual culture and integrating with the larger community.(Ex: dress, speech, hair etc..)
Cultural Pluralism (salad bowl theory)– Different cultures can exist side by side in the same society while keeping their individual characteristics (speech, dress, hair, etc…)
When her hair is straightened (mutilated) it represents her assimilation into American culture.
After meeting Asagai, she cuts it short. It becomes natural and curly. This represents her embracing her African-heritage.
It also represents her cultural pluralistic beliefs.
Beneatha is characterized as: intellectual, well-educated, dreams of being a doctor, does not share the same religious beliefs as her mother, wants a man to appreciate her intelligence more than her beauty
The eggs scrambled represent Walter’s dreams being mixed up and out of reach
Walter is characterized as: a dreamer, he wants to be rich through investing in a liquor store, loves his son, drinks to avoid problems in his life, works as a chauffeur although he wants to do more with his life
Characterized as: a hard worker who takes care of the tiny apartment., frustrated about living in poverty, wants to rekindle her love with her husband, pretty
1) Travis Younger – Walter and Ruth’s son who has to sleep on the couch b/c there is not enough room
2) Joseph Asagai – Nigerian student who is in love with Beneatha. He represents cultural pluralism because he wants to hold on to his African culture
3) George Murchison – George’s white shoes symbolize his embracing White American culture. He is rich and well educated.
4) Mr. Karl Lindner – Offers the younger family money to not move into his all white community (Clybourne Park). He tries to intimidate the family by saying that they may have problems
5) Bobo and Willy Harris – Walter’s friends whom he wants to invest into the liquor store with.
6) Mrs. Johnson – Nosy neighbor who warns the family that they may suffer harm if they move into a white community