What should she expect

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This play shows the old look on marriage and relationships. Amanda, after discovering that Laura drop out of school, decided that she should hurry up and get married. Laura of course do not what this to happen so quickly. During the time the play is set (close to the time Machinal was made), women was told by society to marry for financial support. But it is evident that Laura may not have the strength to go through life by herself. Note that she became phyiscally ill at school and never went back. But that doesn't necassrily mean that she should get married for that support. What about the family she lives with now? Is it to dysfunctional? So should dhe go though the rough road by her lonsome or have a person ... not necassarily a gentleman caller to help her?

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I think her mother feels that since she has this 'handicap', which i never found out what it was, that she is not able to make it out in the world by herself. Laura either needed to finish school and get a good job, or she needs to find a husband to support and take care of her. I think her mother feels that he is incapable of taking care of herself, and to be honest i think so to.

The family that she lives with now seems to be dysfuctional, but in reality, most parents have some type of negative affect on their children. I do think that Amanda tries to help her daughter become a confident person and that is why she tries to camoflaogue her daughters' handicap. I do think that she should feel capable of having a normal romantic relationship with someone. She is not mentally handicapped, but just physically. Amanda should not give Laura special priviledges instead she should try to make Laura adjust to the world. So I do not think she should be lonely her whole life, but rather learn to get around with her disability and once she gained confidence she would have no problem finding a soulmate.

Amanda, for someone who wants her children to act quickly and live in the present, is quite intent on living in the past herself. Knowing that her daughter is having a hard time dealing with the whole idea of a gentleman caller and also knowing how Laura feels about herself is not making things eaiser. I do feel the family is dysfunctional to a certain degree. In a way, Amanda is crippling her daughter because that family is the only thing Laura has ever known. If Laura were to gain more confidence I think she could find someone, as long as that someone doesn't take advantage of her gentle nature. Noone should stay alone.