The Younger family is very poor and living in a small apartment in Chicago. Big Walter has recently perished, and there was a huge insurance check that was arriving soon. Mama didn't know what to use it for, but Beneatha wanted to use it for her education to become a doctor one day. Her brother wanted to open a liquor store with the insurance money. Ruth felt sick and seem to be pregnant.
The check had arrived, and Walter was very excited to use it for his dream liquor store. He tried to persuade Mama to let him use the money. She refused to let Walter use the money, so she used it to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood.
After Mama used the insurance money to buy a house, she gave the remaining money to Walter hoping that he will put some aside for Beneatha's education. When Walter received the money, he changed his mood and acted very kind and loving. A man named Karl Lindner visited the Youngers, he offered them a reasonable price to stay out of the neighborhood. The Youngers refused this offer.
A man named Bobo arrived at the Youngers apartment, he informed Walter that Willy Harris took all of the money that was gonna be used for the liquor store. In the end, Walter didn't even put aside the money for Beneatha's education to be a doctor.
Mama believes that her hopes and dreams were too far-fetched. Walter decides to call up Lindner to talk again over the offer. Mama thinks that Walter's willingness to make a deal with Lindner will eventually leave him with nothing inside.
Walter decides that he does not want to be pushed around anymore. He takes pride in his family and their hopes for the future. He refuses the offer, and they move into the new house