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In Adrienne Richs poem Living in Sin a woman entering a life full of hope and promises with her lover assumes that no dust will fall upon her home nor her perfect relationship Her life however does not fit this ideal Both a deteriorating home and relationship afflict her life these unexpected results of her efforts in addition to the lack of her lovers efforts lead to resentful feelings Because of societys expectations the woman accepts her unbearable role Rich reveals the womans attempts to improve her physical environment and emotional life and her ultimate acceptance of both situationsThe womans and her lovers responses to living in a run-down home contrast sharply The dusty atmosphere creates an aura of decay The reality of the womans broken dreams is inescapable The home in disrepair has roaches coming out of their colonies in the moldings and grimy window panes Society dictates that she must take on the domestic drudgeries of life In the male dominant society she alone must fulfill the role of housekeeper With the absence of her lover the woman takes sole responsibility for maintaining a pleasant household she alone makes the bed dusts the tabletop and sets the coffee on the stove The portrait of her miserable life contrasts sharply with that of her lover While she struggles with the endless monotony of house chores he loafs around carefree and relaxed During her monotonous morning routine the man flippantly goes out for cigarettes Although he too notices the problems in the house he satisfies himself with merely complaining Rather than taking action and tuning the piano the man merely declares it out of tune and shrugs indifferently The woman does not even control her homes furnishings The food and painting are both results of the mans whimsical desires In order to maintain some semblance of order she sacrifices her environmental preferences by accepting the situationBecause the man lacks commitment the woman takes the
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