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Relationships end for a variety of reasons the most common being that people enter relationships with certain expectations which when unmet start and fuel the domino effect which eventually leads to the end of the relationship How one perceives a relationship is altered by various conditions such as age experience and personal background Differentiating between what is real and what is imagined in a relationship is also tailored by these experiences in life In her poem Living In Sin Adrienne Rich examines how one womans perceptions of her physical environment her motive for entering the relationship and the tone of the relationship are altered when she differentiates between the relationship she expected and the relationship as it actually is In her idealistic relationship the speakers physical environment is free of daily domestic responsibilities There is no need to dust or wash the windows because as she expects in her fantasy life the studio will keep itself11 There are no leaky or noisy faucets in need of repair And in the dream relationship there are no creeping insects just a picturesque16 mouse found attractive by a cat In actuality however the speakers physical environment needs cleaning she battles with the dust on the furniture and grime on the windows A noisy leaky faucet in the studio needs repair She also spots an insect in the kitchen that acts as the representative from the village114 behind the moldings Her dream world is infested probably with roaches The narrators motive in the relationship was initially the romantic desire to live with the man she loves but eventually her motive is simply to bear the routine and break the now boring nature of the actual relationship She wanted in the beginning to escape from restrictive religious beliefs and live with her musician boyfriend in his studio As the title suggests the narrator believed the relationship was a sinful one Living with her boyfriend implies a daring departure
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