Dreams. That is motivates the characters. Dreams. because without dreams there is no incentive to want change your life, have a better life, be truly happy. Walter lee characters' motivations, life goals and self expectation all attribute the fact of masculinity. Throughout the play we see notions of Masculinity woven throughout. Walter feels his social - economic situation much more strongly that the rest of the characters, more so because that he's supposed to be the man of house, the man of the family. For example in the opening scene where Ruth is making scrambled eggs for Walter and they say. "That it. There you are. Man say to his women: I got me a dream. His women say: Eat your eggs.
Man say: I got to take hold of this here world, Baby! And a women will say: Eat your eggs and go to work. Man say: I got to change my life, I'm choking to death, Baby! And his women say - Your eggs is getting cold" ( Walter ) Ruth Replies Walter, that aint none of our money. ( Ruth ) ....I'm thirty five years old; been married eleven years and I got a boy who sleeps in the living room - and all I got to give him is stories about how rich white people live... (Walter)
Walter often uses his manhood as an argument for him wanting a better career, reasons for his wife's support and the fact that he should inherit the insurance money and invest it into. I feel his masculinity is challenged being a black man in that time and having no real proper job, something that he regularly expresses to his wife and gets no sympathy and support in return. " "Honey, you never say nothing new. I listen to you every day, every night and every morning, and you never say nothing new. so you would rather be Mr Arnold than be his chauffeur. so - I would rather be living in Buckingham palace"