The theme of The Room is people's inability to protect themselves from harm and insecurity. At the beginning of the play, Rose bustles about making her husband, Bert, breakfast. Her goal, she says, is to "keep the cold out." Speaking to her husband without his answering, she says, "It's very cold out. I can tell you. It's murder." She attempts to fill her husband with warm food to make sure he isn't cold when he leaves the room to go outside.
While she seems perturbed and rocks herself, she says, "And we're not bothered. And nobody bothers us." She clings to the hope that she can be at peace in her room. However, after her husband leaves to drive his van, a couple named Mr. and Mrs. Sands knock on the door, as they've heard Rose's room is to let. Later in the play, a blind black man enters the room, and Bert comes home and attacks the man. At the end of the play, Rose says that she is no longer able to see. It is apparent that Roses's attempts to keep the horror and want of the outside world at bay have been futile. Despite her attempt to stay warm, she finds herself out in the cold and vulnerable.