Although Walter, described as a lean, and intense young man in his mid thirties undermines his wife and gives a whole dollar to Travis anyway, creating a strife on the relationship between him and Ruth. They continue to argue until Beneatha, Walters sister, walks in. Walter picks on Beneatha for having such un-womanly ambitions in wanting to be a doctor especially because medical school would be such a financial strain on not only herself but on the whole family. Walter leaves for work as a chauffeur, and we are introduced to Mama, the mother of Beneatha and Walter.
She is described as being in her sixties, strong, and a women of certain grace and beauty. Mama who is soon to be $10,000 richer due to an insurance settlement, seems to question Ruths ability to raise Travis and states that she would like to use the money on a new house with a nice yard for the family. One common obsession this family holds true together would definitely be the idea of having money, they all seem to have aspirations that a suburban white family would have Big house, new car, investments, higher education. As their conversation continues Ruth faints to the floor, and Mama rushes to her aid. (end of act I)