It affects Travis because previously on page 547, Walter says to Travis, "Just tell me where you want to go, and you'll go". Walter promises Travis that the money Mama gave Walter will change their lives forever. Now that the money is gone, there is
Walter constantly is fighting with all of the women in the family as well. His sister, Beneatha, wants to become a doctor and Walter isn't very supportive of her decision. Walter's wife, Ruth, is the recipient of the majority of Walter's anger and sexist remarks. In Act 1 Scene 1, the audience learns that Beneatha, a colored woman, wants to become a doctor and attends medical school. Beneatha and Walter begin to banter with each other about Mama’s money.
Walter and Ruth Younger, their son Travis, along with Walter 's mom Lena and Walter 's sister Beneatha, live in poverty in a one-bedroom apartment on Chicago.They all have different dreams but their poverty make their goals harder to achieve.Walter and Beneatha 's father has recently died, and Lena is waiting for a life insurance check for $10,000. After Mom receives the money she came to the home and received everybody with big news. She made a down payment for a new house. But eventually Walter is not happy about the idea of moving, because she specified that the house was in an all-white neighborhood. Later in the play Lena gave Walter $6,500 dollars to use a portion and to leave some money for his sister.
She shows this through the Younger family. The younger family is an African American family comprised of Mama--Lena Younger, mother of Walter and Bennie--Walter who is married to Ruth--both in their thirties--Beneath, who is Walter's sister, and Travis--Walter and Ruth’s son. Overall, she shows that greed should not determine if someone should take advantage of opportunities. First of all, buying the new house is a sapient opportunity to
Selfish. These are all traits that would describe Walter Lee and his actions. Walter Lee is a character from the play A Raisin in the Sun in which a black family tries to get out of poverty and go against stereotypes by trying to start over with their Grandpa’s life insurance money. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry explores the concept that greed leads to being blinded by money and forgetting about one’s loved ones as shown by the climax of the play, the character of Walter Lee, and the effect that his actions have on the rest of his family. The Character of Walter Lee shows that greed blinding a person can cause him to forget about the ones he loves.
Since the first scene, Walter’s sister Beneatha has been set apart from the rest of the family. Beneatha is ambitious and plans on becoming a doctor, but plans change once her brother loses all of her school money, and she consequently call him, “ nothing but a toothless rat” (ARITS 3.1.117). Beneatha becomes dissatisfied with her dream when it now seems so out of reach. Her character begins to develop deeper when the neighborhood committee threatens her family’s honor. After a long talk with Mama, Beneatha takes a different approach with Walter when she backs him up saying “ That’s what the man said” (ARITS 3.1.121).
This includes his wife, Ruth, son, Travis, sister, Beneatha, and mother, Lena. He was a chauffeur for wealthy white men and absolutely hated it. After his father passed away, his mother received ten thousand dollars due to his life insurance policy. Walter wanted to take all of the money to start a liquor business with two other men. However, one of the men, stole all of his money.
Tho it is hard to see until the very end of the play, A Raisin in the Sun written by Lorraine Hansberry shows Walter Younger is a big dreamer and wants to be rich. Younger is a very selfish man and shows his selfishness through his sacrificing of the family money. When the Younger family inherits ten thousand dollars from the death of a family member, Walter goes crazy trying to get his hands on the money to invest in the liquor store downtown. His selfishness is shown when Mama gives him what is left of the life insurance and he is told to save a generous amount of money for Beneatha’s schooling and then he can keep the rest for saving up. Instead of doing what he is told to do, he invests in the liquor store with his two other friends.
Despite the fact that dreaming of a liquor store is shallow, Walter’s motivation to be able to support his family helps reconcile his somewhat immoral hopes. Later, Walter shows the idiocy of his plan to own a liquor store when he gets drunk. In act 2, scene 2, Walter borrows Willy Harris’s car and drives around Chicago for two days, then “just walked”, and finally “went to the Green Hat” (2.2 105). Through his actions, Walter shows that he is immature and cares more about pretending to be rich than his job that would allow him to provide for his family. He also demonstrates that he drinks too much and puts his drinking in front of his family, a bad habit that would be made worse if he owned a liquor store and had liquor more readily available.
When Walter rejects Mr. Linsner’s bribe, he regains his self-esteem by establishing himself as an equal with Mr. Linsner. Walter gives up his misguided impression that his status as a man comes from material wealth and gains his family’s respect by choosing dignity for the Youngers. Thus, the author Hansberry informs that reader that despite her society’s racist and sexist tendencies, choosing between right and wrong is ultimately what defines