d respectable man in the society through starting a business, thus he combines forces with his friends as joint venture partners to start on liquor store (Hansberry, 500). Walter, in his dreams has come to believe that no man can gain dignity, pride and respect out of being employed by others. Therefore,
he wants to work his way out through ensuring that he stands for himself and creates his own wealth, so that he may gain respect amongst the people in the society (Loos, 39).
Therefore, his dream almost saved his life, because it at least did show him that all he needed to do was to work for himself by starting a business, which was the platform through which he could amass wealth, and thus gain self respect, pride and dignity (Morrin, 51). In this respect, if he had succeeded in this business, then the dream would have become a major factor that would have saved his life and that of his family. It is this dream that makes him feel dissatisfied with his life as a chauffeur for a white man, which he feels is a job that has less opportunity for advancement, but more demeaning and embarrassing, since out of this job, he can barely provide for his family (Hansberry, 546). This feeling of dissatisfaction makes him nasty and rude to everyone, but his family is the most affected, because he quarrels with almost everybody, whether his sister, wife or mother.
However, his dream of becoming wealthy through business does not come to pass, and Walter becomes even more frustrated, with nothing to show off to his family or to the society. He trusted his friend Harris against the warning of everybody, and he insisted on starting a liquor store when everyone in his family was against it (Loos, 47). This is the point at which his dream now destroys his life, after Harris runs away with the money, and the dream forces him to sink even lower than he was in his life,