The Glass Menagerie Literary Analysis

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Emotional limitations cause discontent when our ailments control our decisions and hold us back. In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “The Man-Moth” and in Tennessee Williams's, The Glass Menagerie, the male protagonists in both stories face limitations. These emotional limitations drive The Glass Menagerie’s Tom to make irrational choices that were made when the dissatisfaction became too much to bear; this similar situation is found with “The Man-Moth’s” Man-Moth. The negative effect and discontent caused by emotional restriction found in Tom’s life are comparable to the hardships the Man-Moth faces as the result of his personal limitations. This causes these two men to live with discomfort, which leads them to become irrational and cloistered.…show more content…
Amanda, Tom’s mother, depends on him to support the family ever since Amanda’s husband left. This makes Amanda uptight and strict about Tom staying on top of his job so that they can have an income: "What right have you got to jeopardize your job? Jeopardize the security of us all? How do you think we’d manage" (3.23). In these situations, however, Tom shuts down and tries to ignore her or avoid the topic, because Tom’s dreams do not a-line with Amanda’s needs. This toxic way that he and his mother communicate is because he cannot use his emotions to sympathize with Amanda. Instead of solving their issues, Tom storms out of the house, telling Amanda that he is “going to the movies!” (3.24). Tom’s unhealthy relationship with his mother is very rudimentary and shallow because Tom restricts the emotion in their relationship. By calling his mother an, “ugly - babbling old - witch,” (3.24) the distances themselves leads to an avalanche of problems because their issues never get solved, and those topics, like his jobs and his dreams, are just
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