Walter Lee Younger experiences the most significant change throughout the course of the play. At the beginning of the play, Walter is an exhausted, depressed dreamer, who is tired of working as a chauffeur. Walter has dreams of using his mother's insurance check to start his own liquor business to attain financial success. Walter believes that he will be able to buy happiness and thinks money will solve all of his problems.
After Lena refuses to invest in Walter's dream of owning a liquor business, Walter becomes extremely upset and loses hope. When Lena asks her son why he talks so much about money, Walter tells her,
"Because it is life, Mama!" (Hansberry, 76).
In an emotional moment, Lena discloses the fact that Ruth plans on having an abortion and begs her son to say something to stop his wife from going through with it. When Walter remains silent, Lena says,
"You . . . you are a disgrace to your father’s memory." (77)
As the play progresses, Lena ends up giving the majority of the money to...
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