A Raisin in the Sun & The Glass Menagerie
Compare & Contrast Paper
In these two stories, the relationship between mothers and their sons are very important and key to the story. These two relationships are very similar and different at the same time. In both stories, the father figure is missing in the family. The mothers expect their male child to step up and take charge like a father figure would. In The Glass Menagerie, Amanda, the mother, wants Tom to step up and take care of the family (especially his sister Laura) like her husband never did. She wants Tom to turn out like a man who is exact opposite of her husband who left her family to survive on their own. On the other hand, Mama in A Raisin in the Sun wants her son, Walter, to turn out to be the man her husband was. She cherished her husband and thought so much of him. Even when she received $10,000 for his death it was not enough. Mama believed that his life couldn't be measured by money. I am sure that Amanda would've given up her husband for $10,000 any day.
Both mothers and sons have a relationship full of arguments, but it is only because the mothers care about how they turn out. It is obvious that both sons do feel tied down because they have to work so much to support a family and cannot live out their own dreams. In the end, Tom fails his family, gives up on them, and thinks of himself and leaves; like father, like son. Walter actually steps up to the plate at the end of the story and stands up to defend his family. Mama believes that it is his first step in becoming a true man.
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