A Raisin in the Sun

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assimilation

a person who advocated a policy of absorbing or intergrating differeing racial groups
s: absorption
the word that joseph assagai uses to describe Beneatha's total absorption into the American Culture

burlesque

a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous way

coquettishly

in a manner befitting a woman who flirts with men to gain attention from men
s: flirtatiously
beneatha's dresses in African robes

covenant

a binding agreement
s: contract
segregating housing

defer

to put off, delay
s:postpone a: accelerate
in poem, deferring dreams

dumbfounded

briefly acting confounded or astonished
s: shocked a: composed
Ruths reaction to the way in which beneatha is dressed when she dons her african garb

elude

to avoid or evade adroitly
s: escape
Mama's losing control of her world and family

entrepreneur

someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it
beneatha's scathing criticism of Walter's aspirations for a higher paying job

erratic

having no fixed course
s: unpredictable a: predictable
Walter's behavior and speech

exuberant

joyously unrestrained
s: vivacious a: depressed
Ruth's reaction when Mama bought the house

facetiousness

joking or jesting; often inappropriate
s: sarcastic a: sincerity
sarcastic reaction when Mama came home after Linder's visit

fester

to cause increasing poisoning irritation or bitterness
s: infect a: heal
in poem describing when a dream is delayed

gait

a person's manner of walking
s: stride

graphically

Giving a clear and effective picture;
s: vividly a: vaguely

heathenism

"religion" of those who don't believe in God and/or are uncivilized
s: Paganism a: Christianity
Mama's reaction to what Beneatha believes

heritage

legacy; tradition;something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth
s: culture

indifferently

in a way showing no particular interest or concern
s: nonchalantly a: passionately

ludicrous

Ridiculous, or exaggerated as to cause or deserve laughter; absurd
s: ridiculous a: serious
the hat of Mama's that travis gave her

orientation

the act of determining a position by adjusting to facts or principles
part of Linders's ironically names "welcoming committee"

ornate

Elaborately decorated
s: gaudy a: plain

permeate

spread or diffuse through
s: penetrate

pretense

a claim made/implied not supported by fact
s: mask a: sincerity

Promethus

Greek titan who lived on Olympus (stole fire from gods and gave it to humans)
the name that George calls walter after hearing walter's drunken tirade about business opportunities

raucously

disorderly
s: loudly
Walter's comments as family moves

replenish

to fill with inspiration or power;nourish
s: refill a: deplete

segregated

separated or isolated from others or a main group by policy
s: isolated a: integrated
the rules that pertained to housing

sociological

Oriented or directed toward social needs and problems
issues with which Hansberry dealt in her handwriting

strident

loud, harsh, grating, or shrill
s: stern
Ruths demanding voice on moving day

trek

a long, slow, and difficult journey
s: voyage
Walter's difficult movement when about to make a deal with Lindner

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