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People often spend a majority of their lives searching for acceptance To be loved and admired by family and friends seems to be a priority In this respect the characters in Tennessee Williamss The Glass Menagerie are no different from the rest of us Tom Wingfield desperately wants his mothers and sisters approval He willingly subjects himself to harsh living conditions and an unfulfilling job simply so that he can know that his family appreciates him Hively Taking care of his family provides a sense of accomplishment he would not have otherwise Although Tom refers to himself as the bastard son of a bastard Williams 80 sc 6 he proves his generosity through his actions In order for Tom to be a true imitation of his absent father he is going to have to meet certain criteria Amanda Toms mother repeatedly adds items to the list of character traits possessed by her nonexistent husband Tom will have to be a charmer because One thing your father had plenty of--was charm Williams 36 sc 2 He will have to be able to convince people that he possesses an undeniable innocence because That innocent look of your fathers had everyone fooled Williams 64 sc 5 He will have to drink take pride in his appearance think of himself first and fall in love with long distances because his father did If he can do these things then he will truly be the bastard son of a bastard that he wants to believe that he is Toms problem however stems from his inability to live up to the example that his father has set for him In the simplest of terms Tom is a nice person He stays with his family for as long as he does merely because he would feel guilty if he were to leave Tom realizes that his mother depends on his income to support herself and his sister Laura He also realizes that
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