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Naturalist writers such as Tennessee Williams place characters in situations they have to adapt to The idea of naturalism comes from Social Darwinism or constantly evolving to adapt to changing surroundings In The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield is unable to adapt to the harsh realities of the present In Amandas life men have constantly contributed to a false reality Caught up in the illusion of her southern upbringing Amanda has learned that a man will support a woman Therefore she never stops believing that a gentleman will soon call upon Laura and make everything right Due to her husbands absence Amanda constantly lives in the past in order to forget the harsh realities of the presentDue to her upbringing in southern society Amanda has learned that a man will support a woman Growing up on a southern plantation did not teach Amanda how to properly take care of a family by herself In her mind the duties of the household are solely the mans responsibility By placing the family duties on the man of the house Amanda continues to never grow or adapt to her surroundings Once her husband leaves Amanda refuses to take any responsibility and relies on Tom to carry the family through the rough times What right have you got to jeopardize your job Jeopardize the security of us all How do you think wed manage if you wereWilliams 23 The heavy responsibility eventually causes Tom to escape following in the footsteps of his father Amanda cannot survive without the support of a man because her upbringing never taught her how to support herself In this aspect Amanda is similar to Carrie a character in Theodor Dreisers Sister Carrie Amanda and Carrie both rely on men to survive By the end of the play it is assumed that Toms absence eventually leads to Amanda and Lauras ultimate demiseWhen life becomes unbearable Amanda recalls the days of her youth when she had seventeen
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