The Glass Menagerie: Illusions over Reality

837 WordsJun 19, 20184 Pages
Abandoned by her husband and left penniless, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, lived in a small alley apartment on the lower middle-class section of town with her two adult children Tom and Laura, which was far cry from Amanda’s youth during the Victorian era at Blue Mountain to her present situation of poverty and uncertainty. As a single mother, Amanda was worried about her family’s financial security along with concerns about her daughter’s lack of marital prospects; for that reason, her need to enrich her life by molding the lives of her children resulted in illusions overpowering reality that also brought out destructive illusions within herself, her son Tom, and her daughter Laura. Endowed with beauty,…show more content…
As the man of the house, Tom was forced to work at a warehouse that did not stimulate his intellect and was charged with finding his sister Laura a prospective husband. Amanda informed Tom that if he were to find a husband for Laura than he would be released from any family obligations; as a result, Tom invited a co-worker that Laura had known during their high school days to dinner to appease his mother and liberate himself from family responsibility in hopes an independent life. Since much of Tom’s persona and appearance reminded Amanda of the husband that left her so she continuously berated her son on a daily basis as a punishment for her husband’s abandonment. Amanda was never satisfied with her son’s lack of college education or his passion for poetry and always felt paranoid that he would one day turn out to be exactly like his father. Tom’s only escape from the constant nagging and demands was whenever he went to the movies when he imagined the freedom and adventure that was lacking in his life. He was under the illusion that all his troubles would disappear if only he left his family behind and lived a life he was used to seeing in the movies. He dreamt of a future void of financial responsibility to his mother and the obligation of finding a husband for his sister Laura. Laura was the sweet, innocent daughter Amanda treated as a helpless little sister because of her
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