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The Glass Menagerie is a play that contains intense humanfeelings frustration shyness regretfulness anger and sadness The playis set in the apartment of the Wingfield family In this cramped dinghyplace lives three characters Amanda Laura and Tom who are desperateAmanda is a shrew she wants to live through her daughter Laura Her dream is for her daughter to marry to a well-educated man andsupport her throughout the rest of her life Amanda always makecomplaining remarks about her husband who had left her with Tom andLaura Amanda nags Tom for spending too much time watching moviesinstead of working and finding a suitable for Laura She likes to brag abouthow many Gentleman callers came to her house to pursue herTom is the narrator of the play His dream is to be a poet and haveno responsibilities to his family He works at a warehouse which hedoesnt appreciate because it avoids him to complete his dream Hedetests when his mother tell him what to do and how to do it sometimes Laura is shy and has a low self-esteem She is compared to herglass collection fragile in every sense As an effect of a childhood illnessshe was left crippled which made her think that she was less thaneverybody else She avoids socializing because she is afraid of breakingup however this changes when she sees her old crush Jim Occonor Herdream is to feel good about herself and to get out of her depressionEach character desires to escape from this lifestyle poverty is whatThe fire escape provides a different purpose for each of the characters From the opening of the play Toms addresses the audience from the fireescape The fire escape allows Tom to get out of the apartment and awayfrom his nagging mother Amanda sees it as an entrance for theGentleman callers to enter their lives Laura hides inside the apartmentnot in the fire escape The fire escape separates authenticity from theTom escapes in more than one
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