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  1. A Raisin in the Sun is a play written by Lorraine Hansberry that was first performed in March of 1959. The play contains many autobiographical elements. It was arguably the first play to portray Black characters, themes, and conflicts in a natural and realistic manner.

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  3. The A Raisin in the Sun quotes below are all either spoken by Joseph Asagai or refer to Joseph Asagai. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: ).

  4. Beneatha’s natural hair symbolizes her pride in her African heritage and her desire to explore her African roots. After Joseph Asagai refers to Beneatha’s Caucasian-style straightened hair as “mutilated,” Beneatha reevaluates the significance of her “assimilationist” hairstyle and decides to cut her hair and wear it in its natural form.

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