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The play Raisin in the Sun deals with an urban family and their pursuit of their dreams The family has to work to overcome the poverty that they live in before they can pursue those dreams This poverty is shown through the worn appearance of their apartment Rose and Mama try to make their poor apartment appear to be a home in where there is still hope Even so the setup of the apartment and the closeness ensure that conflicts about individuals dreams are inevitable The entire set along with the props emphasizes the familys struggle to overcome their social conditions and pursue their dreamsEach adult member of the family has his or her own dream of the direction that they want their lives to proceed The main barrier between each person and their dream is the poverty of the family If the family were wealthy Rose and Mama could have their house Beneatha could go to college and Walter Lee could invest in a business This poverty is carefully shown in the set The appliances are obviously old The refrigerator appears to once have been white but now is stained with a yellowish tinge from years of use They cannot afford to live in an apartment that has a bathroom so they share with the neighbors Though the bathroom itself is not a part of the set the walls of the apartment are partially transparent so the audience can see as the family and neighbors rush to be first to use the shared bathroom The crowded city backdrop also supports the idea of the family living in poverty The buildings are close together and are not tall shiny skyscrapers but dull rectangular buildings They do not live in a neighborhood where people have their own lawns they live where they poor are pushed together and must fight to overcome their surroundings Mama and Rose try to overcome this poverty by making their apartment seem
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