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The Glass Menagerie

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Josephine Ogun
Charles Shimonkevitz
English 102
June 22, 2012
Effects of Tom’s Departure on Laura and Amanda
Tennessee Williams is known for his symbolic and poetic works, one of his successful plays is “The Glass Menagerie” amongst many others. The characters are Tom, Amanda, Laura and Jim O’Connor. The play is written about a family who tries to survive after Amanda’s husband left. Tom wants to be a writer and not work in a warehouse, and Laura who claims she is disabled and cannot attract a suitor. Throughout the play Amanda finds ways, so that the family can survive in the process she puts so much pressure on Tom. Tom decides to be like his father and leave; he says “Alright, I will! The more you shout about my selfishness to me the quicker I’ll go…” (Williams 419). After Tom leaves, Laura and Amanda may be financially stable, Laura might find a suitor, or they might just fall apart. If Tom departs, Amanda and Laura might be financially stable. In the play, Amanda has always been able to cope well with setbacks. She was able to raise two children without her husband, long enough till Tom was able to support her. Therefore, she might find a job and work as long as she could. For instance, in the play, Amanda is very resourceful, noticing from her elaborate preparations for Laura's one and only gentleman caller.  Amanda is capable, of running her household with little help from Tom and no help at all from Laura.  Amanda is practical; she sees the need and plans for Laura to prepare herself for a future alone. Though it did not work, but it's a decent plan. In short, nothing so bad happens that Amanda will now be broken or in some other way derailed. She will be just fine. Furthermore, the play was set during the time of the Great Depression when Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president, and he developed social welfare programs, food stamps. Amanda and Laura would have benefitted from them. If Tom departs situations might change for Laura. The imagery and...