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The Glass Menagerie is a play that contains intense human feelings frustration shyness regretfulness anger and sadness The play is set in the apartment of the Wingfield family In this cramped dinghy place lives three characters Amanda Laura and Tom who are desperate to make their dream come true Amanda is a shrew she wants to live through her daughter Laura Her dream is for her daughter to marry to a well-educated man and support her throughout the rest of her life Amanda always make complaining remarks about her husband who had left her with Tom and Laura Amanda nags Tom for spending too much time watching movies instead of working and finding a suitable for Laura She likes to brag about how many Gentleman callers came to her house to pursue her Tom is the narrator of the play His dream is to be a poet and have no responsibilities to his family He works at a warehouse which he doesnt appreciate because it avoids him to complete his dream He detests when his mother tell him what to do and how to do it sometimes he has to act without pity Laura is shy and has a low self-esteem She is compared to her glass collection fragile in every sense As an effect of a childhood illness she was left crippled which made her think that she was less than everybody else She avoids socializing because she is afraid of breaking up however this changes when she sees her old crush Jim Occonor Her dream is to feel good about herself and to get out of her depression Each character desires to escape from this lifestyle poverty is what has them trap The fire escape provides a different purpose for each of the characters From the opening of the play Toms addresses the audience from the fire escape The fire escape allows Tom to get out
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