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The action of the play takes place in the poor South side of Chicago sometime after World War II probably around 1959 Most of the action takes place in the apartment of the Youngers especially in the livingdining room and near the bathroom that they share with the Johnson family Some of the action also takes place in the kitchen and in the two small bedrooms The first bedroom is shared by Mama and her daughter Beneatha the second serves as a bedroom for Walter and his wife Ruth The furnishings in the Younger household are typical and tasteful but worn it is obvious that they have had to accommodate too many people for too many years Crocheted doilies and covers are used to hide the worn spots in the fabric and chairs are placed over worn spots in the carpet Additionally the rooms are dark for there Ruth Younger - Walter Youngers wife who is about thirty years old She was probably a pretty girl but now she appears disappointed weary and tired She still however possesses a soft personality always trying to please others and being easily embarrassed At the same time she is emotionally strong in spite of her economic and marital problems she never succumbs to despair Throughout the play she shares a close relationship with Travis Younger - Ruth and Walters son who is the only child presented in the play Although he longs to be a street kid in his ghetto neighborhood he is sheltered and overprotected by the Walter Lee Younger also called Brother - the husband of Ruth and the younger brother of Beneatha He comes across as a desperate man shackled by poverty and prejudice He is also obsessed with finding a business idea to solve all his social and Beneatha Younger - Walters older sister and Lenas daughter who dreams of becoming a doctor A strong-willed woman she takes herself a little too seriously on
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