Created by raisin on Jan 3, 2011
Last updated: 01/11/11 at 08:04 PM
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“WALTER: And we have decided to move into our house because my father-my father-he earned it for us brick by brick...We don’t want your money. (He turns and walks away.)"
I felt real good for once when I said that. I knew that what I was saying was true, and that I did the right thing for my family. Once I made the final decision to tell Mr. Lindner that we were gonna keep the house, I knew it would help keep my family's support (which I had been starting to lose). This acceptance and love I receive from my family now makes my life not only easier, but happier. I feel like I have reached self-actualization once and for all. Now I'm ready to help others like Beneatha and Travis to self-actualize!
“WALTER: Called him to tell him to come on over to the show. Gonna put on a show for the man....We were full still full of that old-time stuff...” I have really given up at this point. There ain't nothing I can do to help this family, except to take this man's money and accept defeat. As a man, I don't have much but this family and this apartment. I may not like it, but I belong here. I don't belong in no white neighborhood, and thats why I think I'm gonna stay here. I will have to live with this for the rest of my life. But I have no other choice. All of my needs have become unfulfilled again, except for the basic needs to survive. There is just nothing left anymore...
"LINDNER: It is a matter of the people of Clybourne Park believing... that our Negro families are happier when they live in their own communities." This man really makes me feel like I don't belong. Just cause I'm colored. Too bad for him, that don't matter much to me. I told him to leave because I know this family needs a good change. A new house is the perfect way to start our new happy life, and having a happy family is much more important than belonging to a neighborhood. I'll have my family, and thats just about all I need. We are going to break down the age-old color barriers and move into Clybourne Park. And if ever there is a world where everyone is equal and there is no racism, it will be because of people like us! I feel like I've almost reached self-actualization. Once we move into Clybourne Park, I will have finally reached it.
BOBO: Man, Willy is gone. I lost it. The insurance money. It's gone... How can I live with myself! Gone, all gone! Beneatha's money too! What have I done! Why did I ever trust Willy Harris! I was a fool. The entire world has been turned upside down. Our dreams, our future, everything was so bright. And to have it all taken away in a heartbeat... I've lost everything. How will my family respond to this? I have gone all the way from almost self-actualized to the bottom of the pyramid. Gone...
WALTER (sweetly) Open it, Mama. It's for you. (MAMA looks in his eyes. It's the first present in her life without its being Christmas. Slowly she opens her package and lifts out, one by one, a brand-new sparkling set of gardening tools. It felt real good to get Mama a gift. It feels good for me to give anyone a gift, really. No matter how hard times we done come down on, it always makes me feel responsible and loved. When we always fighting about money, its nice to know that you have a loving family. That is why even though we don't have a lot of money, I'll do things like buy Mama a present, or give Travis 50 cents. It helps satisfy my esteem needs, because giving to others makes me feel good also. Making others happy is the most important thing in life. (The second half of the video past 40 seconds is irrelevant, ignore it)
“...Daddy’s gonna make a transaction ...a business transaction that’s going to change our lives.....and you’ll be it...Whatever you want to be!” It sure is gonna change our lives. Right now, we got problems, us Youngers. But once this deal gets finalized, and we start to pay off the money we put into it, we could be grossing 100 thousand dollars a year too!! Just like Charlie Atkins! Once that day comes, we'll be able to buy everything we need, and then some. Then we can all finally be happy together. And Travis can be whatever he wants to be, because we will be rich! I'm getting closer to self-actualization every day! This is gonna be great.
MAMA: The rest you put in a checking account-with your name on it. And from now on any penny that come out of it or go in it is for you to look after. For you to decide." Finally! My family finally trusts me! Now, I have the approval, trust, and love from my family, and also the opportunity to provide with them. I have finally become head-of-the-house, and boy it feels good! I know how hard it must have been for Mama to make this decision. I won't let her or the family down! We are going to be rich. Self-actualization, here I come!
“Mama-you don’t know all the things a man what got leisure can find to do in this city......You can just sit there and drink and listen to them three men play and you realize that don’t nothing matter worth a damn, bust jut being there-”. I'm pretty mad about Mama buying the house. I wanted to use that money to make ALL of our lives better! On top of all of that, my wife is pregnant! We don't even know if we have the means to pay for another kid! If only I could invest in that liquor store. I'm kind of hovering near the bottom of the pyramid right now. Things better start shaping up soon, or I'm gonna start getting REALLY angry.
MAMA (Putting her finger on his nose for emphasis) She went out and she bought you a house! (The explosion comes from WALTER at the end of the revelation and he turns away from all of them in a fury. MAMA continues to TRAVIS) You glad about the house? This is NOT how I wanted the money to be spent. A house can change our location but the liquor store would have improved our income AND we would've been able to move. It really is a shame such good money was put to waste...If Travis is glad about the house, its only because he ain't old enough to understand how good of a business us Youngers could've been in... It looks like I still don't have the trust of my family, because they haven't given the money to me for investing yet. That hurts, not having your own family trust you. My needs for love and belonging are still unfulfilled.
WALTER: (Intently, almost quietly, between the teeth, glaring at the boy) And you-ain't you bitter, man? Ain't you just about had it yet? Don't you see no stars gleaming that you can't reach out and grab? You happy? You got it made? Bitter? Man, I'm a volcano. Bitter? Here I am a giant-surrounded by ants! Ants who can't even understand what it is that giant is talking about. " That George Murchison! He is so lucky. He was born rich, and has never had to work a single day in his life! And then here we are, working our butts off to make ends meet and put food on the table, much less drive big, fancy cars around and spend freely. We COULD be doing that though, if Mama would just give me the insurance money to invest. My esteem needs are now unfulfilled again, because seeing someone like George Murchison makes me feel low, like I have nothing compared to him. (The video has a few curse words in it)
“MAMA: Son-you know your wife is expecting another baby? (WALTER stands, stunned, and absorbs what his mother has said) That’s what she wanted to talk to you about. (WALTER sinks down into a chair.)
Well I will tell you right now, I didn't know about this baby. As much as I'd love to have another little Younger, I have to face the facts. We don't have the means to afford this baby. Our needs are just barely being met the way we got it now, and another mouth to feed would just make it that much harder. And now Ruth wants an abortion, which I'm not sure I want either. I simply can't decide. To tear away a baby's life is just... I don't know. I don't know! I feel like my whole world is collapsing. My needs for safety are now unfulfilled, because my mind is unstable, as is the entire Younger family.
“MAMA: Travis! (She is counting off with doubt) Is that the right number of zeros?”
TRAVIS: Yes'm... ten thousand dollars. Gaalee, Grandmama, you rich."
The insurance money finally came. 10,000 dollars. Wow. This money could do so much for us. If only Mama would give it to me. I could invest it, make it grow. I could make us rich! My needs for self-esteem have been fulfilled, because for the first time in a while, I feel confident. We won't be living such a meager lifestyle anymore once Mama lets me have the money. I will make a better life for the Younger family with this money. I know I will!
"WALTER: DAMN MY EGGS-DAMN ALL THE EGGS THAT EVER WAS!" Ruth simply doesn't understand that I need someone to lean on for support also. It's like nobody here cares what I want. I'm working so hard to make a better life for everyone, and all they give me is some eggs. I'm not appreciated for what I do around here. I feel like my needs for belongingness and love are pushed back even farther, because nobody cares about me. I deserve much more than what I get from my family.
“WALTER: You tired, ain’t you? Tired of everything. Me, the boy, the way we live - this beat-up hole - everything.” Ruth seemed really upset this morning, and seeing her upset made me upset, too. It wiped away the happiness I felt when I gave Travis the 50 cents, and as a result, my needs for love and belonging went unfulfilled again, because I realized that I had to start providing for my family and making them happy. I love them so much, and I want them to live like kings and queens. That's why I have to invest the insurance money in that liquor store.
"WALTER: In fact, here's another fifty cents... Buy yourself some fruit today - or take a taxicab to school or something!
This really made me feel like a good man, and a good father. Even though I know we don't have much money, it was good to see my son smile for once. Giving my son fifty cents helped me fulfill my needs of loving and belonging because it reminded me that I got myself a good family. We don't always get along well, but we a good bunch of people, and my son's happiness was all I needed to remember that.