This is an essay that is due tomorrow in my english class, the question that I chose to write my paper on is: Show how A Raisin In The Sun deals with the generation gap- the problems that the older generation have in dealing with the younger generation and vice versa. Here is my paper, please tell me what you think of it: She'Davia Williams Section 51 A Raisin In The Sun Generation Plays a Role With each new generation of man, there comes new styles, customs, and views. Each generation is different from the one before it, and the one that will come after it. With this being said, it is somethimes extremely hard for each generation to understand the views of each other. In A Raision In The Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, there are major generation gaps in the Younger family. The Younger family, consist of Mama, her two childern, Beneatha and Walter, Walters wife, Ruth, and thier child Travis. Here is three generations of the Younger family, all living together and having conflicting veiws. Throughout the book, many conflicts arise because of the differences in each generation with most of them being centered around Beneatha. One instance where the generational difference is extremely evident is when Mama and Ruth are talking to Beneatha about Beneatha's wanting to start a career before she settles down and gets married. While they are all talking about Beneatha going out with George Murchinson, a wealthy man, Beneatha states "..the only people in the world who are more snobbish than rich white people are rich colored people" (50). Mama tell her that she cannot dislike people just because they are rich but Beneatha disagrees. She then states "I'm going to be a doctor. I'm not worried about who I'm going to marry yet- if I ever get married." (50). This comes as a shock to both ruth and Mama. The shock that both Mama and Ruth experience is a result in their time difference from Beneatha. They are both used to the idea that women are supposed to settled down and get married young. They are then supposed to stay home and take care of the children. In some cases women had jobs but not actual "careeers". So, Beneatha saying that she wants to worry about her career and not marriage comes with the new ideas of her generation. Beneatha is motivated and does not want a man to decide her future for her. Beneatha says, "...first I'm going to be a doctor, and George, for one, still thinks thats's pretty funny. I couldnt be bothered with that" (50). She believes that women can have careers to, although many men, at the time, still considered it something to laugh about. The next time that the generational gap is shown is once again in a situation with Beneatha and Mama. This situation stems off of the one about Beneatha wanting to be a Doctor. Mama tells her "Course you going to be a doctor, honey, God willing" (50). Beneatha doesnt believe this. She believes that people fend for themselves. She says "There simply is no blasted God- there is only man and it is he who make miracles" (51). Mama lashes out at Beneatha about this and hits her. She then makes Beneatha say that there is a God as long as she is living in her mothers house. Beneatha does not like doing this, she then calls Mama a tyrants and states, "But all the tyranny in the world will never put a God in the heavens" and she walks out. In Mama's generation it was strong point to believe in God. Many people relied on God to shape what they did in their everyday lives. They didnt question what the church and the bible told them. But in Beneatha's generation people have started to have more of a free mind. They start to reconsider things that they have been told but cannot be proven. So Beneatha not believing in God is just something that is starting to be more "acceptable" in her generation. Mama doesnt accept this though, so Beneatha must live with living by her mothers rules and beliefs as long as she is living with her. A last example of the generational difference is not only of that, but also shows the differnce in the thoughts of men and women. George and Beneatha are just returning home from a date and Beneatha is upset by a conversation that she and George have been having. George does not like having intellectual conversations with Beneatha, he says to her "I dont go out with you to discuss the nature of 'quiet desperation' or to hear all about you thoughts" (97). Beneatha does not like this and she finally gets upset enough to break things off with George. She tells him to leave, and he does so, marking the end of their relationship. Although George is of the same generation as Beneatha his thoughts are stuck in the ways of the generation before him. George believes that women are meant to be seen and not heard. George also believes that education should only be used to get a job, not to actually learn and have thoughts about what you are learning. He sees education as a means to get a job and that people should be more concerned with becoming wealthy and making a name for themselves in their communities. But Beneatha believes that education should be used to understand the world, self-fullfilment, and to generate your own thoughts. This is showing that George doesnt only disagree with Beneatha on a generational level, but on a sexist level as well. In conclusion, generational differences, make a major impact on the way that people function everyday. They often cause conflicts because the older generation refuses to accept that things have changed. A Raisin In The Sun points of these issues very well. Although this book takes place in the mid to late 1950's society is still this way today. This problem still plays a role in society and although the younger generation is heard a bit more they still struggle to conform to the rules that the older generation has set for them. No matter what happens, things will always be this way.