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Pg 150 This page is Walter’s final feelings in the book. He is confused on the decision that his sister made. Going to Africa with Asagai. It was an offer given by Asagai that Benny finally decided on. She wanted to practice medical training there. Walter wanted Benny to marry some one with loot/money, like George Merchenson. When Benny turned around and said, “I would never marry him if I was Eve and he was Adam. This was when Walter finally gave in and realized what she really wanted to do. So he let her go from his theoretical leash.
Walter in these two pages is expressing what his family is going through, to Mr. Lindner. Walter tells Lindner what his family is… a plain family. Which is really an understatement, in our opinion. He is a full time chauffeur, and he comes back to the house late at night every night. His wife works with Walter’s mother, doing domestic work all day. Then Walter states what his father did. Mr. Lindner became struck with confusion; he couldn’t understand Walter’s point. Finally Walter described his feelings of PRIDE. He discusses with Lindner that they really are proud of what each individual wants to/become in his or her life.
Pg. 143 This page is describing the feeling towards the selling, of the house. Walter had a meeting with Lindner and discussed selling a house that has been Mama’s family. It then gets into stating how dreams are real and they can be achieved with a motive. Walter wants to buy his wife a pearl necklace, and tells Benny how her dream to get into medical school can be achieved as well. His feelings while describing the dreams are not controlled. He goes off in an anger tangent, yelling and screaming. This shows his true feelings of what he believes are possible.
Pg. 122 WALTER: (Speaking the lines, wetly, playfully, in his mother’s face) I got wings… you got wings… All God’s children got wings… This quote expresses Walter’s feelings of perseverance. He thinks everybody has a shot to make a lot money in life. The “wings” statement depicts the route in which to take in life to make money. Walter Younger cares about money. How he spends it, how much he makes, where it is coming and going from. He wants his son Trevor to be more than just a bus driver, like he stated in Act one. He wanted Trevor to look up to himself and want to be like his father, an entrepreneur.
Pg. 112 WALTER: (Stopping momentarily) “What kind of Negroes?”(He says with in fun. He is not angry with her today, nor with anyone. He starts to dance with his wife again.) This quote describes a feeling in Walter that has surprised many through out the book. The feeling of happiness hasn’t set on Walter until this saying “Old type of Negroes.”-Beneatha. After this quote he responds with a positive attitude. Laughing and dancing which none of the readers has seen so far. The end of the quote, the motion or narrators part, it states,” He is not angry with her today, nor with anyone.” Through out the book he has been angry with others and now he doesn’t express it at all.
Pg. 108 This page tells how Walter wants his son to be more than just a trash man, or bus driver. Walter wants his son to be someone who makes money and pursues his dreams. While describing his feelings for Travis he also expresses his own dreams, what he wants in life. He wants to have a big office downtown and wants his son to join him. Walter wants multiple offices around the world. This section really shows what Walter wants to happen in the future, with him and his family. That is what this selection describes.
Pg. 107 MAMA: It ain’t much but it’s all I got in the world and I’m putting it in your hands. I’m telling you to be the head of this family from now on like you supposed to be. WALTER: (Stares at the money) You trust me like that? MAMA: I ain’t never stop trusting you. Like I ain’t never stop loving you. (She goes out and Walter sits, looking at the money on the table. Finally, in a decisive gesture, he gets up, and, in mingled joy and desperation, picks up the money. At the same time Travis enters for bed) TRAVIS: What’s the matter, Daddy? You drunk? WALTER: No, Daddy ain’t drunk. Daddy ain’t going to never be drunk again. This passage shows an incredible transformation in the family. Mama, in desperation to hold the family together, gives the title of “head of the family” and puts all of her money in her son’s hands. Walter is overcome to find that his mother trusts him in such a big way. You can see the change in Walter as he becomes almost more optimistic about life. This shows us that all Walter really needed was for someone to believe in him, to trust that he knows what he is doing. That came when Mama turned over her “position” to Walter, and it has seemed to change his entire view towards life as he looks to a brighter future, outside of the circle he wants to badly to be free of.
Pg. 74 Mama: Son-how come you talk so much 'bout money? Walter: (With immense passion) Because it is life, Mama. this quote significantly shows he immense desire that Walter has for money. Money is not just a item to him, - as it is to most people - but the meaning of his life in its entirety.this quote is significant to the book because it displays for us the intentions of Walter Lee Younger. This quote makes it more then evident that Walter's overall goal in life is just to make money. He holds it - at this point in the book - in the highest esteem, maybe even above that of his family.
Pg. 70 – 71 On this page Walter is feeling left out and confused about the situation with the money. He wants to get his voice heard but no one is paying any attention to his thoughts. Mama is taking control of the money and he is very much angered by this. He wants the money for the business proposal over other his family might have. When he has his mind set on something he thinks there is no other way this is going to go but his way.
Pg 42"Mama-We ain't no business people, Ruth. We just plain working folks.
Ruth- No. Mama, something is happening between Walter and me. I don't know what it is—investments and things
Mama-What done got into you, girl? Walter Lee done finally sold you on investing."
This quote shows how his family feels about Walter and also their race. They think Walter needs this chance to make his life meaningful and to provide for his family, mama think that there race prevents them from doing this. I think this shows that Mama sees from what had happened in the past and does not expect change, when on the other hand Walter is trying to push for something better. Also they are on money constraints that Ruth can not take a day off from work which gives all the more reason for them to make this investment or all the more reasons to not take the chance, this is reflected later in the book with there decision
Pg 34 "Walter: (slams the table and jumps up)-DAMN MY EGGS—DAMN ALL THE EGGS THAT EVER WAS!" Walter shows that he is strongly motivated (it can be showed in angry) if he believes in it. He was talking to Ruth about the new investment he might be making, and she is telling him what he doesn't want to hear making him go into a rage. I think that he thinks if his family does not back him on the then it's not good enough and he is re thinking about it. Also he makes a remark about colored women not building there men, which might be saying his views to women, only there to support there man and do housework.
Pg. 26 Walter: HE WAS MY FATHER, TOO! This quote was taken when he and Beneatha were arguing about the money that mama was getting from her husband's death insurance. He felt like he deserved some of the money since it had been his dad as well, he wanted it for his business. From this you start to see that Walter has a sort of chip on his shoulder and everyone is out to get him (you can tell this from the entire argument).
Walter: (without even looking at his son, still starting hard at his wife) In fact, here's another fifty cents—Buy yourself some fruit today—or take a taxi-cab to school or something!
At this point in the story Ruth did not want to give Travis money because they did not have much to spare. When Walter comes into the conversation he does not want Travis to be worried by their financially devastate so he without hesitance gives Travis the money. This reveals that he wants his son to grow up and not worry about the family's money problems, Ruth on the other hand wants Travis to conserve what money they have left.