Amanda From The Glass Menagerie

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It is normal for people to think about their future, and to only think of the positive. That is what these characters were doing throughout the story, “The Glass Menagerie”, each character represents something. For example, the character represents time, Sam Bluefrab said in the article, “However, in all three instances- whether in Amanda's yearning for the past, Tom's eager thrust toward the future, or Laura's imprisonment in the jailhouse of her thwarted present- the past dominates the present or future can never do.” (Bluefarb 513). Amanda was a mother of two children and she wanted nothing but the best for them. Her character represents the past. Her daughter, Laura, has a little limp, but she refuses to see her daughter that way. She wants her daughter to…show more content…
Laura has a slight physical defect, a limp, which makes her self-conscious about herself. It ends up affecting her and her personality. Laura is a sensitive, shy person. She is very unhappy with her life, and all she has to look forward to is the possibility of having a future of happiness. She lives life day to day hoping that things will change for the best, her mother wants her to be happy and tries to get her a husband, but that ended up blowing up in everybody’s faces. Her mother, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of her. Amanda, Laura’ mother, exists in a world where she is emotionally stuck with the past (Bluefarb 513). She is more forceful and does not want to believe the realistic world. For example, she refuses to believe that Laura has something wrong with her. As Amanda stated, “Why, you’re not crippled, you just have a little defect – hardly noticeable, even! When people have some slight disadvantage like that, they cultivate other things to make up for it – develop charm – and vivacity – and – charm! That’s all you have to do!" (Laura and Amanda 2.47-2.50). Tom, her son, knows that she is in denial, which frustrates
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