In the beginning of the play, we instantly see how Amanda cannot stop talking about her younger years. Tom even complains that he doesn’t want to hear stories about her relationships because he has heard them many times. Amanda also later asks Laura, her daughter, when she will be seeing some of the people that notice her. After that, the rest of the book, in Amanda’s side, is all about getting Laura a nice man. Amanda’s fixation with wanting to keep her life going like the past leads to her son leaving.
Amanda, who is obsessed with trying to find a suitor for her daughter, encourages her son Tom to set his sister Laura up with a colleague from work. The get-together that took place at the house of Amanda and her children left Laura surprised after realizing her date was someone she had a crush on in high school who was now engaged to another woman. Amanda who also controls Tom, tells him to secure his job at the shoe warehouse, even though he hates the job. Williams writes, “What right have you got to jeopardize your job? Jeopardize the security of us all?
She trusts him to overcome any obstacle, regardless of its difficulty. Adams continues to advise her son, despite his advanced mental abilities and distinguished practicality. It is her duty as a mother to remind her son of his potential as well as help him grow into the man she expects him to be. The rhetorical strategies Adams uses to advise John establishes her credibility as a mother in addition to helping her son improve as an
For example, she is surprised to see one of the workmen stop and pick some lavender and smell it. Seeing a man do this gesture is an eye-opening moment for Laura, and shows that gender roles are deeply rooted in her to the point where she questions, "How many men that she knew would have done such a thing?" (Mansfield
Adam is pushes to buy farmland and settle when he learns that Catherine is pregnant. To Adam, Catherine has no faults, making what happens next all the more surprising to him.“Is it true that when you love a woman you are never sure—never sure of her because you aren’t sure of yourself?”(69) After the burden of pregnancy is lifted off of Catherine, she plans to leave, as she only uses Adam until she is well again. When Adam pleads with her to stay, she shoots him, and leaves him to raise their twin
All Tom’s attempts to care for his sister and his mother ultimately fail, including his bringing of a gentlemen caller for Laura to dinner. The gentleman caller, which Laura actually was quite fond of, was engaged and unable to be the man the Mrs. Wingfeild and Laura were hoping for. “The dinner’s disastrous outcome le[eft] Tom certain that unless he makes his own way into the world, their neediness will devour him.” (Teachout 60.) And so, at the close of the play Tom abandons his family just as his father did. Laura, though not as obviously, also embodies her absent father.
“The Glass Menagerie” is a play written by Tennessee Williams. This play is so heavily influenced by Tennessee Williams that it is an autobiography. He even named one of the three main characters after his real name, Tom. The character Laura is based on his real life sister, Rose. And of course the character Amanda who is obsessed with “Southern Living”, reflects Williams’ mother, Edwina.
Laura’s wistful views of her surroundings are shown in the story when she describes the, “Little faint winds playing chase, in at the topes of the windows, out at the doors. And there were two tiny spots of sun, one on the inkpot, one on the silver photograph frame, playing too (Mansfield).” Mansfield’s use of personification of the wind and the sun rays helps to create the innocent and child-like views of Laura as she lives her sheltered life with her family. A little further on in the story, while the family is still in the prepping stages for the garden party, Laura becomes entranced by the cream puff delicacies that arrive in the kitchen for the party. Laura describes her and her sister Jose as being, “far too grown-up to really care about such things [the cream puffs]