In a house with five people, everyone has different dreams. With a ten thousand dollar life insurance check on its way, which dream will come true? Due to so many different dreams and ideas, tensions are high in the Younger household. Everyone wants he money to go towards their dream. Along with the power to crush a dream, Mama has the power to choose whose dream will "dry up like a raisin in the sun" (Hughes 2-3). Mama has the power to choose if she will honor what her husband, Big Walter, wanted what she wants, and what is best for the family, or if she will choose her son, Walter Lee's, dream.
Walter Lee's dream for himself is to own a liquor store. In order for his dream to be fulfilled, he will need the full ten thousand dollars from
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Additionally, Walter has a meltdown when he learns that the money will not be going toward his dream. As a matter of fact, he stops going to work along with fighting with his family. As the novel progresses, Mama informs Walter that the money is to be split between a new house, Beneatha's education, and the rest is for him to do what he wants. Instead of following Mama's orders, Walter takes the money meant to go towards Beneatha and himself and gives it to Willy. Willy ended up running off with the money and leaving Walter Lee with nothing. Walter's dream has poisoned him. He ruined not only his dream, but Beneatha's, too. Walter's dream changes from possible to highly unlike along with his family being very upset with him. To conclude, Walter's dream is causing him to be a selfish, uncaring person. On the other hand, Mama wants what is best for the family.
Mama has had a dream for a long time to buy a house with a garden for her family to enjoy. She has wanted better living conditions for her family for a long time. Unfortunately, her dreams have been put on hold. Fortunately though, Mama's dream can be revived with work and energy, "or crust and sugar over like a syrupy sweet" (Hughes 7-8). "Been thinking that we could meet the notes on a little old two-story somewhere with a yard where Travis could play in the summertime..." (Hansberry 44). Mamas goal in life