A Raisin in the Sun- Act 3

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the Youngers regain hope and motivation to pursue their dreams as it continues. Asagai renews Beneatha’s courage and pride. Asagai’s claim that when Beneatha arrives in Africa she will feel as if she has been gone for only a day is a claim that America can never be home to blacks, no matter how long they have lived there. Asagai’s views differ little from self-segregation. In practical terms, Asagai’s desire to leave white America and Mr. Lindner’s desire to keep African-Americans out of his neighborhood our similar, the rejection of integration. Each man wants to preserve his cultural identity. After all, as a Nigerian, Asagai has a distinct cultural identity to preserve, and arguably, Mr. Lindner has one as well. But Beneatha, as a black American, does not have a clear-cut cultural identity. Her ancestry may originate in Africa, but she has never been there. She and her immediate relatives have all grown up in Chicago. Though racial lines definitely exist between the area in which the Youngers currently live and the area to which they plan to move, the working-class neighborhood of Clybourne Park is clearly not an entire world away from the South Side. In harmony with an age-old argument about racial identity, it seems that the color lines that engender wrongful prejudice on the part of some (white society at large) are being reinforced by a movement to establish a minority characterized by those lines. Beneatha, after all, understands the working-class plight and language of the white people of Clybourne Park, while she is, at least initially, wholly ignorant of the language and customs of West Africa. While Hansberry seems to use Asagai and Beneatha to make a radical point about race, she also returns Beneatha to a conservative position in terms of her feminism. Whereas Beneatha claims at the beginning of the play that she might not marry, Asagai’s marriage proposal sweeps her off of her feet. The status of Beneatha’s education remains ambiguous, but it is clear that she intends to accept Asagai’s proposal, his beliefs, and his dreams. She maintains her independence from female convention by accepting Asagai.

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  • The insurance money. My brother gave it away.
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  • I have a bit of suggestion. That when its all over that you come home with me, not across the city, across the world to africa.
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  • Well aint it a mess in here, though? One of you better call the moving people and tell em not to come.
  • Lena, no! we gotta go. Bennie tell her...
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  • Linder! For what? What do you want to see him for!
  • I made a call to the man. We are going to do business with him.
  • Walter Lee?
  • Beneatha tells asagai about the money for her to go to medical school is gone. Asagai asks her to move with him to africa.
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  • We have all thought about your offer and we have decided to move into our house because my father, my father earned it for us brick by brick.
  • Mama tells Beneatha and Ruth that they should just start unpacking and call the movers not to come, which makes Ruth  very upset.
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  • Mama, Asagai asked me to marry him today and go to africa. To practice there
  • What he ask you to go to africa for?
  • He did?
  • Walter enters, and tells the others about the call he made to Linder, mama becomes very disappointed that he would want to take the money that he was offering them.
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  • Walter invites Linder in and tells him that hes going to turn down his offer and they're moving into the house no matter what. Walter leaves the whole family shooked.
  • well, if you say that you are that final about it.. ther is nothing left for me to say.
  • Beneatha tells her family about asagai asking her to go to africa with him.
  • Mama sees that Walter has finally came into his manhood and done whats right. The movers arrive, Mama tells everyone to go down while she has her last moment in the house by herself.
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