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SuccessValues Walter Lee defines success as material and financial gain Beneatha defines success as self-actualization or learning about and nurturing oneself But to their mother Lena success is less self-centered and lies more in creating a happy healthy family Lena frequently compares her childrens values to her own and her late husbands and finds her children to be less moral or spiritual in their hopes and dreams She does not believe that material success will elevate the family as Walter Lee does instead observing that his grasping after success is damaging his family Consider the generational differences in defining success but also consider how Walter Lees and Beneathas notions of success resemble those of their parents Dreams An important aspect of Walter Lees character is revealed in his interaction with Travis He sees and admires his sons ability to hope Travis is young enough still to believe that the world is open to him and can be his if he wants it with no limits Walter Lee wants to believe in limitless possibilities too and he hangs onto his own ability to hope and dream Traviss innocence and hopefulness remind Walter Lee of his own potential for dreaming Walter Lees feelings about his dreams and Ruths attitude toward them crystallize in this passage He is desperate to escape the circumstances of his life and his dreams represent his belief that he can still change his life in spite of his weak financial position But the fact that Ruth does not support him drags him down part of Walter Lees vision of his life is that he should have a wife who believes in him Walter
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