What is to be considered as a man’s dream? Is it to have all the money in the world? In this case, having all the money in the world is relevant for Walter Lee Younger and in order to be rich, he wants to invest in a liquor store. He thinks owning a liquor store will help him become rich, so he doesn’t have to drive snobby rich white people around for his whole life. A man needs to feel that he is the head of the household and by maintaining that role he needs a decent job, pride in himself, and he needs to understand his identity.
However, Walter Lee Younger from Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun tries to convince or persuade his wife Ruth, his mother Lena, as well as his sister Beneatha that his investing in this liquor store will give them a better chance to have a good place to live as well as to provide a room for his son Travis and eventually a garden for his mother, but he has a hard time persuading them that all this will work until toward the end of the whole entire play.
For example, the play starts off in the Younger family living room where he and his wife Ruth are having a conversation about “money.” Walter starts off by saying, “Well what was you doing all that yelling for if I can’t even get in there yet? […] Check coming today?” Now, when his wife replies she clearly says, “They said Saturday and this is just Friday and I hopes to God you ain’t going to get up here first thing this morning and start talking to me ‘bout no money- ‘cause I ‘bout don’t want to hear it” (Hansberry, 1912). However, you can imagine where this conversation continues to lead toward the family or in this case Walter having money and running the house.
Furthermore, as Walter continues with his day he keeps mentioning the check and wanting to know when it will arrive to the house. Ruth eventually gets tired of hearing about it, so she tries to ignore him. But, as Walter gets done with his shower and dressed for work, he comes into the kitchen where Ruth is and starts talking about his investment when he says,
Yeah. You see, this little liquor store we got in mind cost seventy-five thousand and we figured the initial investment on the place be...