The Glass Menagerie Theme Essay Research Paper

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The Glass Menagerie Theme Essay, Research Paper The mother’s expectations “The Glass Menagerie,” a play by Tennessee Williams, gives us a quick picture into the lives of three completely different humans beings. The mother Amanda Wingfield, is a women who is completely in love with her two children. her love although sometimes comes across in a very mean and dominant manner “unwittingly cruel at times” (1898), but she is always present for her children. Laura, her oldest out of two children, is handicapped not only by her “defect” (1898), but by a big case of being shy. Amanda’s youngest Tom a poet and a adventurer, is forced into the role of being the man of the house. Tom does not like this role at all. William’s in this story shows us how this particular

family with an overbearing mother that has particular goals for her children and it happens regardless of her efforts, the children do not grow up and be what she wishes. The children do end up either trapped inside themselves or forced out by the mothers high expectations. Williams shows us how Amanda who’s love that can be overwhelming also has particular goals set for children. Her former husband had left her with a always present “larger than life photograph” (1900) of himself. He also left behind Laura and Tom for her to raise. he left so he could go and “skip the light fantastic” (1900). Amanda knows all of what is going on with her children. She watches her children very closely with every eye movement. There are many times McKendry 2 when it appears that she

lives vicarious into her children’s lives, making their every move and decision hers too. In doing this all of her children’s accomplishments and failures become hers as well. Amanda is also very confused by the lack of “gentleman callers” (1902) that were significant in her life when she was young are not calling for her daughter. Then when Laura does not get any callers Amanda does not recognizes that at all. So instead Amanda imagines they are not calling because of some type of natural disaster, very wanting to admit that Laura will never be as popular as she was growing up at “Blue mountain” (1903). When Amanda had to face Laura’s dropout from the business college, Amanda thinks “what is going to become of us” (1904). She is left with the feeling of

“bewildered by life” (1904). Laura try’s to explain the reasons of her deception, but Amanda does not accept her reasons. Amanda instead of accepting what Laura said she instead attacks with full force the life of “dependency” (1906). Laura predicts the gloomy life of a future as a “tolerated spinster” (1906) or “little birdlike without a nest” (19060. Realizing Laura’s dislike for work , Amanda thens thinks she should find Laura a husband, and asks Tom to help with this. Amanda’s weird relationship with Tom is difficult at best. Amanda expects so much more out of him then she every would out of Laura. She does not get why his “going to the movies” (1910), and only sees the going to the movies as a way to hurt his job. When she senses his discrepancy,

she praises him , making him feel more wanted and by calling him a “right hand blower” (1913). Amanda preys on Tom’s great love of his sister and convinces Tom to help her find a match for Laura. Amanda will have what is best for children at any cost to herself or to the children themselves. McKendry 3 Due mostly to Amanda’s overwhelming love and high goals for her Laura, Williams shows how Laura lives trapped. The result of an illness Laura is left with a defect for the rest of her life. This is also a symbol of her crippling shyness. Her defect makes Laura physically crippled and so does her shy personality and this makes Laura also a social cripple. When in the scary spotlight of the public eye, she then suffers from severe nervous indigestion. Laura is like one off