| Quote #1
Weariness has, in fact, won in this room. Everything has been polished, washed, sat on, used, scrubbed too often. All pretenses but living itself have long since vanished from the very atmosphere of this room. (1.1.stage directions)
The worn-down fighting spirit of the Younger family is represented in the set onstage. The room definitely reflects the hard times that the Youngers have faced over the years.
| Quote #2
The sole natural light the family may enjoy in the course of a day is only that which fights its way through this little window. (1.1.stage directions)
The Younger apartment barely gets any sunlight at all. This seems to parallel the dreary condition of their lives.
| Quote #3
Ruth is weary from hearing her husband have the same complaints and the same half-thought-out idea to fix their troubles. The family's suffering has really put a strain on their relationship.