Initially, Lena Younger has the authority, being that she is the head of the household and owner of the insurance check. While Lena dreams of moving out of their small, dingy apartment on the south side of Chicago, Walter Jr. and Beneatha have their own dreams about how to spend the money. Walter Jr. dreams of using the money from the insurance check to invest in a liquor business, which is something that Lena does not support. When Lena refuses to give Walter the money to invest in his dreams, he becomes depressed and begins to drink excessively.
Seeing her son's terrible condition and negative reaction, Lena shows sympathy for Walter by giving him sixty-five hundred dollars to invest in his business and fund Beneatha's dream of enrolling in college. At this moment in the play, Walter gains power and attains authority throughout the household. Unfortunately, Walter loses the money after one of his business partners runs off with it, leaving him broke and hopeless.
When Walter Jr. loses the...
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