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The mothers 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 Amandas 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 Williams 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 whos 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 childrens lives making their every move and decision hers too In doing this all of her childrens 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
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