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Walk Away A Winner In the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Amanda appears to be entirely devoted to living in her past causing her to relive her former glory She imposes her old customs and bygone attitude on her children Amandas attempts at controlling the lives of Tom and Laura contribute to the demise of the family and ultimately lead to Toms departure from the family One example of Lauras control is displayed in scene one when Tom walks in for dinner and begins to eat The first thing Amanda says to him is Honey dont push with your fingers If you have to push with something the thing to push is the crust of bread And chew--chew 644 She constantly criticizes Tom and tries to make him into someone he is not Amanda constantly wants to create a life that she does not have She wants things to be the way they used to be when Toms father was home Amanda says things like What right have you got to jeopardize your job Jeopardize the security of us all How do you think wed manage-- 650 Amanda wants Tom who craved the life of a young single man to have the responsibility that a husband and a father should have She tells Tom that she wants him to look like his father by never letting himself look untidy On the other hand she wants to make sure he is not like his father in other ways Amanda does not want Tom to be a drunkard 654 She tells him Son will you do me a favor What mother Tom asks Promise son you will never be a drunkard654 These are examples of how Laura tries to control Tom and mold him into being someone she wants him to be rather then who is really is Tom hates to be compared to his father which is apparent when he leaves the room
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