Amanda Wingfield - Glass Menagerie

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Amanda Wingfield
In Tennessee Williams’s 1944 drama “The Glass Menagerie”, Amanda Wingfield is the main character and the story is of her raising her two children. Amanda Wingfield was raised as an affluent, prominent Southern Belle, but her husband was an alcoholic and left her with no money. For Amanda, less money meant a decline in societal class. In “The Glass Menagerie”, Amanda found it extremely difficult to accept her new social class because she was raised to value social distinction. The world in which Amanda Wingfield lived fluctuated between reality and illusion, her past life with money and her new life with none. Amanda reminisced about the days of her youth, especially the seventeen callers in one afternoon. She told this story told many times to her children, Tom and Laura. Even though she had no money, she tried to portray herself as though she did. Amanda wore her best clothes from her past and wanted to keep her home immaculate when visitors came in order to make the best impression. Amanda wanted her past life, which included a better social status, money, and happiness. Because of her past, Amanda also found it difficult to respect the differences between her daughter and herself. Amanda did not understand why Laura was not outgoing and charming the young gentlemen in town. Amanda was unwilling to accept the effects of Laura’s past physical ailments, which lead her to lead a quiet and reserved adult life. Amanda constantly nagged Tom to find his sister a gentleman caller. Tom was the only source of income for their family, which was also a reason Amanda felt an urgency to find Laura a man. Amanda found an acceptance letter from the Merchant Marines addressed to Tom. With little regard for Tom feelings, Amanda advised Tom he can join the Merchant Marine, but he will need to find a gentleman that can take care of herself and Laura. When Amanda’s husband left her, she found herself living an empty and meaningless life. Amanda wanted...
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