When Lena—who is in charge of her deceased husband’s life insurance—puts a down payment on a house in Clybourne Park, Walter becomes depressed and starts drinking.
To boost his spirits, Lena provides him with a large portion of the money to invest in his liquor business. Walter feels immediately rejuvenated, and he gives this money to his friends Bobo and Willy.
Crushed by the overwhelming knowledge that he had wagered his life on this deal and been burned, he realizes that the "explosion" of his dream also killed Bennie's dream.
Walter's physical reaction to the information in the film is demonstrated by Poitier curling into a defensive fetal position and grabing his stomach in pain and confusion .
When Willy runs away with the money, Walter once again becomes deeply depressed.
His mother physically attacks him for irresponsibly losing the money his father, Walter Sr., had worked for his entire life.
It is his belief that a man who works for someone else can never have a true sense of self and never receive his due credit.
Walter describes himself as a volcano as he internalizes his regrets and pipe dreams .
In an effort to right his unfair use of her money, he almost destroys the other dream of having a house.
Instead, he acknowledges the history of struggle behind the obtainment of a house and refuses to sell.