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October 31, 2005

I want you to be this

Williams, The Glass Menagerie (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

In The Glass Menagerie, the mother is in a way forcing her children to be what she wants them to be and not what they want to be and what they want to do with their life. Tom does not want to work in the warehouse, but since he is the man he has to take care of the family. He really just wants to up and leave, but he cant because of his mother. She sees him going down the same path as her ex-husband, and doesnt want him to ruin his life and regret later in the future. Amanda is also forcing her daughter, Laura, to become someone better than what she has turned out to be. She forced her daughter to go to a business college, but that wasnt Laura, so she didnt go. She is now trying to find her a husband to take care of her and them. I think that the mother just wants the best for her children, but at the same time, she is holding them back from what they really want to do with their lives. Amanda feels that her life was not great, so she is trying to re-live her life in a way by making her childrens better.

Posted by Denamarie at October 31, 2005 08:54 PM

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I think that you're right. I'm not too sure of her intentions thus far though. Doesn't this remind you a lot of Machinal? How Amanda treats her children is very similar to how Helen's mother treats her.

Posted by: Chera Pupi at November 1, 2005 03:10 PM

I think all Laura wants to do is be independant and not worry about a husband or her mother. Even though Laura may be at a crossroad in her life right now, she is pretty sure of what she wants as an adult.

Posted by: KevinHinton at November 1, 2005 05:39 PM

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