How would you describe the relationships between the characters of Walter, Ruth, Travis, Beneatha, and Mama within their family structure?
The relationships between the characters are tense, although ultimately it is clear that they love one another. Walter and Ruth’s relationship is marred by their poverty and Walter’s disappointments, which also overshadows his relationships with Mama and Beneathea. Ruth sides with Mama, recognizing the benefits a house would yield. Beneatha’s desire to use the money herself and her disdain for their assimilation creates further tension. Travis is young and often lives in his own world.