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In Tennessee Williams Play The Glass Menagerie the theme is some people have difficulty accepting reality of their own life In the seven act play we are introduced to the Wingfield family Tom Amanda and Laura Each member of the Wingfield family has difficulty accepting reality Amanda Wingfield is flat character in the play and is the mother of Tom and Laura In the play Amanda is constantly referring back to Tom and Lauras father about abandoning the family She tells Tom repetitively that she doesnt want him to follow in his fathers footsteps I think she does this because she needs the reinforcement that Tom will not leave Amanda was abandon by her husband and is fearful of being abandoned by Tom Amanda also tells him that he needs him to support the family because of his sisters disability She tells him that if he were to leave that she cant support her and Laura on selling magazines She makes him start to think of what would happen if he left To me she puts guilt on Tom to make him stay and support them by using his sister Lauras disability In the play Amanda and Laura are getting ready for the gentlemen caller to arrive with Tom Amanda tries to dress Laura up as she use to dress when gentlemen callers would come for her Amanda tries to dress up Laura as a sophisticated young lady as she once was To me this shows that Amanda cant accept the reality that she is not young and sophisticated anymore and will never be Instead of facing reality Amanda dresses up Laura instead 2 Also Amanda cant accept the Reality that Tom will never be a successful businessman In the play Tom is a writer and has no desire to become a businessman However Amanda keeps pushing to become a businessmen She cant see him as a writer she can only see him as
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