Set at an flat in Chicago’s south side we are introduced to the first Younger – Ruth. The female parent of Travis. and married woman to Walter. Harmonizing to the phase way Ruth was the type of adult female one could state was reasonably back in the twenty-four hours. but it is clear that life’s battles have taken a toll on her beauty. She rises early hotfooting Travis to school. and waking Walter up for work. The family’s money problems are clear when Travis comes out inquiring his female parent for 50 cents to pay his school. Ruth insists that she does non hold it and that she does non care what the school says.
Although Walter. described as a thin. and intense immature adult male in his mid mid-thirtiess undermines his married woman and gives a whole dollar to Travis anyhow. making a discord on the relationship between him and Ruth. They continue to reason until Beneatha. Walter’s sister. walks in. Walter picks on Beneatha for holding such un-womanly aspirations in desiring to be a physician particularly because medical school would be such a fiscal strain on non merely herself but on the whole household. Walter leaves for work as a chauffeur. and we are introduced to Mama. the female parent of Beneatha and Walter.
She is described as being in her 1960ss. strong. and a adult females of certain grace and beauty. Mama who is shortly to be $ 10. 000 richer due to an insurance colony. seems to oppugn Ruth’s ability to raise Travis and provinces that she would wish to utilize the money on a new house with a nice pace for the household. One common compulsion this household holds true together would decidedly be the thought of holding money. they all seem to hold aspirations that a suburban white household would hold – Big house. new auto. investings. higher instruction. As their conversation continues Ruth swoons to the floor. and Mama hastes to her assistance. ( terminal of act I )