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Raisin in the Sun The play A Raisin in the Sun explains how the poverty in which the characters live has shaped who they are Poverty affects the Youngers living conditions Poverty also mold their dreams The familys impoverishes state shapes their living arrangements and their dreams Living in poverty has effects on the living conditions of the Youngers Their furnishings are covered by what is described as acres of crocheted doilies and couch covers Their furniture is given an old worn-out look while a table or chair has been moved to disguise the worn places in the carpet As if having old dcor isnt enough the Youngers apartment is occupied by cockroaches which Beneatha sprays for in the beginning of Act 1 Scene2 The cockroaches are talked about as if they have and always will be in the apartment Beneatha says I cant imagine that it the pesticide would hurt him Travis - it has never hurt the roaches to which Mama responds Well little boys hides aint as tough as Southside roaches Living in poverty has unconvinced the Youngers so much that they dont even have their own private bathroom They are forced to share a bathroom with their neighbors the Johnsons Because of this arrangement the Youngers entire morning is rushed and hectic When Walter is slow to wake up Ruth says to him Travis be finished and Mr Johnsonll be in there and youll be fussing and cussing round here like a madman Having beat-up furnishings cockroaches and no bathroom of their own marks how poverty has affected the Younger living conditions Poverty also affects the dreams of members of the Younger family Walters dream was shaped by his poorness and his unattractive job as a chauffeur His dream is to own a liquor store which he describes as a business transaction thats going to change out lives Walters dream becomes unattainable when after being in poverty his whole life
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