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The Wingfield family is a family living in a world of illusion They are abandoned by their husband and father sixteen years prior Now forced to live a life they did not anticipate each member lives in their own private world In this world Tom Amanda and Laura find meaning and comfort that the real world does not offer Tennessee Williams is writing the Glass Menagerie to say that one should avoid trying to escape reality by living in the past learn to overcome lifes difficulties and move forward in the real world Each member of the Wingfield family is unable to overcome the difficulties of accepting and relating to reality Amanda cannot accept that she is no longer the popular southern belle she thinks she should be The statement she makes I wasnt prepared for what the future brought me shows that she is bitter and scared about being abandoned by her husband and forced to raised to raise two children alone 1703 Scene 6 Speech 135 She never expected to live her life like she is Tom escapes reality through movies books and drinking He can function in the real world by working and talking to strangers Yet he would rather stay in his own world and escape the pressures he feels at home He has been robbed of his youth by being forced to go to work and support his mother and sister They depend on him He wants to leave home and pursue his dreams However he feels guilty for wanting to leave his sister Laura is withdrawn from reality completely She lives her life through a glass collection of animals The animals are a symbol of her inner self She does not socialize at all with the outside world and is totally dependent on her family Amanda Tom and Laura live their lives in the past Each is somehow affected by the past and has chosen to stay there instead
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