The Glass Menagerie

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The Glass Menagerie-Journal Entry #1
If you could change the outcome of the story, what change would you make? If I could change the outcome of the story, I would have allowed Laura and Jim O’Connor to get married. I would have made this change because then Amanda’s problem would have been solved, and Laura would have had financial support in the future. Another reason I would have made this change is because Jim O’Connor would have been the ideal man for Laura because he connected with her. He saw past her awkward fondness of a glass animal set. He also got Laura to take pride in herself. Another thing I would change is the early department of Tom. I understand that he was longing for adventure outside of the warehouse. I also understand that he and his mother were not the best of friends, but I would have kept him in the household for Laura’s sake. I would have kept him there until both Laura and Amanda were taken care of, financial wise. I do believe this was a very selfish decision seeing that his mother is unemployed and his sister is crippled and has no heart to find a gentleman caller. Lastly, by the end of the story Laura would have been enrolled in some sort of school to learn a skill. Now that her brother is gone, she has to step up to a lot of responsibilities. She has no gentleman caller and she dropped out of business school. Therefore, she cannot even get a job because she does not know how to do anything that could support her financially. Since Jake left, the family is going to be very unstable due to having no source of income.

The Glass Menagerie-Journal Entry #2
I agree/ disagree with _______’s decision to________ because…….
I highly disagree with Tom’s decision to leave his household. It was a very selfish decision. Tom was longing for adventure outside of his job at the warehouse, but I believe he could have left at a later time. He basically left his family to take care of their selves. That would have been quite alright, but Amanda is unemployed and Laura is crippled with no skill and no business man to support her.

Even though I know Tom had to deal with his mom’s fussing and arguing, he should have endured it for Laura’s sake. He was the man of the house, so he should have made sure everyone had what they needed, or at least a way to get what they needed before he just decided to run off. I agreed with what Tom’s mother said about him leaving. She stated that Tom would be free to go wherever he pleased as long as Laura had somebody to take care of her, a home of her own, and until she was married and independent. It was also very wrong for Tom not to pay the electric bill and use the money to run off. So not only did he leave his family stranded, he also left them in the dark.

I agree with Amanda’s decision to try and find Laura a gentleman caller. If Amanda had not put in a suggestion for Tom to bring home one of his co-worker’s, Laura would not have gotten any self-confidence. I also believe that it is Amanda’s duty to find her daughter a financial supporter. Laura would not have even tried to find one due to her shy personality and low self-esteem.

The Glass Menagerie-Journal Entry #3
What did you most like and dislike about the author’s style of writing? The style that Tennessee Williams wrote “The Glass Menagerie”, was in memory play. A memory play is when a style, plot, and context are based upon memory. A memory play is the result of a real experience. In memory plays, the narrator can add layers of drama and symbols while still keeping the realistic touch. There are two views presented in memory plays: the truth and memory’s distortion of the truth. The story that the play tells is told because of the uncontrollable grip it has on the narrator’s memory. The fact that the play exists at all is validation to the power that memory can exert on people’s lives and consciousness.

I really like how the author set the whole play off of memory. Both Tom...
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