The Glass Menagerie

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE
ESSAY 3
“The Glass Menagerie” which is written by Tennessee Williams, is a play about a family that is trapped in a world they don’t want to be in, whether it’s predisposed factors or just the lack of being able to follow their own dreams and make it real, they are trapped. There are little things that exist in their real lives that help them to escape from the dissatisfaction of their own lives. They deal with regrets about the past or feeling consistent abashment day by day, this family is stuck in between two different worlds, dreams, and reality. In The Glass Menagerie, Amanda Wingfield was left by her husband many years ago, which made her a single mother. Although both of her children are full grown adults, she still feels as if they are her responsibility. She lives in a world where she reminisces about the days when she was young and beautiful and had plenty of gentlemen callers wanting to marry her. Now she’s getting older, with a daughter that is crippled and she doesn’t realize how much of a disadvantage being crippled is to Laura. That is what Amanda’s son Tom Wingfield wants her to see. Amanda doesn’t see that Laura is holding herself back; it isn’t that she’s not pretty or that she has a very bad limp to the point where people make fun of her. Just to hear her brace clamping while she walks makes her feel embarrassed even if no one notices it, she’s very self conscious and Amanda tried to put her to not be that way but she does not have to anyone to show her that her disability doesn’t matter and that she’s beautiful with or without being crippled. Her mom is in denial, when Laura’s gentlemen caller Jim arrived at the Wingfield apartment, Amanda had dressed Laura up with a fancy dress, make up, and fake breasts. This didn’t make Laura feel any better it just made her still think that she wasn’t good enough. Amanda lives in a world where looks, money, and value are...
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