The Difficulty of Accepting Reality within the Characters of
The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie is a play written by Tennessee Williams in the early 1940’s. He creates a play that unfolds from three central characters known as Amanda, Laura, and Tom Wingfield. Each member of the Wingfield family is unable to overcome the difficulty of accepting reality. The writer of the play has shaped many prominent themes that are evident while reading the play or while the play is actually in performance. The most evident of them all is the difficulty the characters have in accepting reality.
Amanda Wingfield is the mother of Tom and Laura. She is a troubled woman who seems to live in the past and has a difficulty in accepting reality. Amanda’s constant nagging of Tom is certainly an example of the difficulty she has in accepting reality, “…But I won’t allow such filth brought into my house! No, no, no, no, no.” She constantly nags on Tom for minor problems; which is a sign that she is not mentally stable. Amanda’s relationship to reality seems to be the most complicated among all the characters. Throughout the play Amanda is very desperate for both social and financial success but never accomplishes neither. She cannot accept the fact that she is no not the pampered young girl she was brought up to be, that Laura is crippled, and that Tom is not a businessman. Amanda always states that Laura’s oddness is a “positive thing.” Amanda’s inability to see reality is more pathetic than her children simply because she might be responsible for the sorrows and flaws of her children.
Laura Wingfield seems to have withdrawn into her own little world of illusion, in attempt to seek the comfort that the real world does not offer her, her glass menagerie. Laura’s inner life and her collection of glass animals connect very well considering the fact that they are both dangerously delicate. Laura is very shy and sensitive, it does not take much to hurt her feelings like...
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