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A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun


by Lorraine Hansberry

Beneatha Younger Timeline and Summary

  • Beneatha wakes up and has a teasing quarrel with Walter as she waits to use the bathroom.
  • Bennie is taking guitar lessons, and has been active in a theatre group.
  • Beneatha is dating both Joseph and George.
  • Joseph’s nickname for her means something like "One for Whom Bread – Food – is Not Enough."
  • Bennie debates with both Joseph and George about the importance of knowing one’s roots and taking pride from that knowledge.
  • Beneatha claims not to believe in God.
  • Passionate about social change, Bennie claims not to be an assimilationist.
  • She stops Mama from beating Walter on the head after he gambles away their money.
  • Bennie says the cowardly Walter is not her brother. Mama contradicts her.