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Foil Characters in A Raisin in the Sun

My IB Independent Oral Presentation Topic
by

Kristine Luna

on 14 May 2014

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Transcript of Foil Characters in A Raisin in the Sun

Character Foil - "A character that shows qualities that are in contrast with the qualities of another character with the objective to highlight the traits of the other character."
Definition
Influence on Beneatha Younger
Joseph Asagai
"Assimilationism is so popular in your country" (63)
Gifts: Nigerian records and robes
"Alaiyo" -- "One for Whom Bread--Food-- Is Not Enough." (65)
"Mutilated hair" (61)
Considerate of Beneatha's ambitions
Conclusion
Lorraine Hansberry's uses character foils to:
Accentuate attributes of diverse characters
Help characterize another role in the play
Character Foils in
A Raisin in the Sun
Kristine Luna
English 3B

How does Lorraine Hansberry utilize Foils to define Joseph Asagai, George Murchison, and Beneatha Younger
Joseph Asagai
Originates from Nigeria
Yoruba Tribe
Charming, well-mannered
"(
Understanding
)" (65)
"(
Total politeness to an elder
)" (64)
Traditional
George Murchison
African American
Wealthy (49)
Pedantic, Pretentious, "Shallow"
"(
He is rather proud of his knowledge
)" (82)
"(
Looking at him with distaste, a little above it all
)" (85)
Assimilationist
"Ashamed of his heritage" (80)
George Murchison
"Raggedy-assed spirituals and some grass huts!" (81)
"We're going
to
the theater--we're not going to be
in
it..." (80)
"That's what being eccentric means--being natural." (80)
Joseph Asagai
Brings Beneatha "
back to the past
" (77)
George Murchison
Oppressor
Beneatha Younger
Ambitious, Stands her ground
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