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...s it 's going to destroy my boy" (106). Ruth 's impression of the American Dream builds off of Mama 's, but she furthers the idea by yearning for a happy family in addition to home. She, like Mama, wishes for something highly important and yet so simple, but because Ruth does not have the best relationship with her husband, this is what she wants most. In Walter 's case, the American Dream is to be a man capable of supporting his family, though he becomes caught up in the money required to do so. Throughout the play, Walter searches persistently for a way to obtain wealth, blind to the fact that money does not always equate to success. Nonetheless, Walter 's true goal and eventual success at masculinity, show readers that "those who see the changes-- who dream, who will not give up" should be known as the realists, in place of those who are too afraid to hope (134).
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