He annoyed Walter Lee for money, causing Walter Lee to do the same but to his family.
Mama was tired of listening about Walter Lee wanting to invest in a liquor store.
But they both saw a resolution in the insurance check arriving in the mail.
The money would let Ruth fulfill her dream of owning her own house and leaving the apartment.
(Act I, scene i) Beneatha’s desire to use their father’s life insurance after his death to go to medical school annoys her brother Walter.
Walter thinks that studying medicine isn’t a womanly profession, and he worries that the tuition cost is too much of a cut of the check.WALTER …Just tell me where you want to go to school and you’ll go. Cure the Great Sore of Colonialism--(Loftily, mocking it) with the Penicillin of Independence--!Just tell me, what it is you want to be – and you’ll be it…. (He holds his arms open for TRAVIS) You just name it, son… (Act II, scene ii) After Mama finally releases some of the insurance money to Walter, Walter is re-energized and immediately begins asking his son Travis how he can help him accomplish his dreams. (Act III, scene i) Beneatha’s dream to be a doctor slowly fades over the course of the play, and by Act III she is overcome with misery and nearly gives the dream up completely.Exemplifying his father’s belief that a black man’s dreams are always deferred to his children, Walter tries to act like the head of the family and help his son. As Beneatha is at her lowest point, Asagai tries to reinvigorate her interest in returning to Africa, saying that Beneatha is too attached to the insurance money and Africa is where she can contribute to true reform.Walter’s optimism and desire to “hand [his son] the world” showcases his love for and dedication to his son, which underscores a major theme that runs through the play: Dreams are ultimately accomplished through family. Beneatha mocks Asagai’s dream of reform, comparing it to a medicine that might make things feel better, but really won’t cure anything.MAMA …Big Walter used to say, he’d get right wet in the eyes sometimes, lean his head back with the water standing in his eyes and say, “Seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams – but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worth while.(Act I, scene i) Beneatha wants to go to medical school, her brother Walter wants to invest in a liquor store, and all Mama wants is a better life for her children.BENEATHA (Dropping to her knees) Well – I do – all right? And forgive me for ever wanting to be anything at all!(Pursuing him on her knees across the floor) FORGIVE ME, FORGIVE ME, FORGIVE ME!Ruth, on the other hand, has never had any other dream except to keep her family together and in working order, and now that is falling apart.Willy Harris was what festered like a sore and then ran away.