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"The out come of events in the Glass Menagerie dramatizes the tragedy of indulging in the kinds of behavior and thinking that negate the possibilities of living fully and honestly in the present."

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"The out come of events in the Glass Menagerie dramatizes the tragedy of indulging in the kinds of behavior and thinking that negate the possibilities of living fully and honestly in the present." -Joseph K. Davis, " Landscapes of the Dislocated Mind in Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie'," in Tennessee Williams: A Tribute Though Tom narrates The Glass Menagerie and his sister Laura is symbolically the actual glass menagerie, the play belongs to neither of them. The play belongs to their mother, Amanda, as substantiated by the above quote from Joseph K. Davis. Amanda indulges herself in memories of the past and refuses to accept the present. The play is also hers because it is her "tragedy". It is about how she behaves after her husband leaves her and her reaction when her son shows signs of doing the same. She also controls the two conflicts of the play, as well as the glass menagerie represents her fragile world of illusions and memories of the past. Amanda's control over the two conflicts of the play exists in the fact that she creates them. She supplies the conflict between herself and Tom as well as provides the conflict of having Laura marry. In the case of Tom she constantly nags him and questions where is he Is going and then openly states her doubts of his truthfulness. Her nagging starts in the beginning of the play in her conversation with Tom, in which she tells him how to eat his food. ...read more.

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She also manages to throw in a nice jab about his accused selfishness, " Don' t let anything Interfere with your selfish pleasure! Just go, go, go- to the movies". This is the last straw for Tom and he leaves. Well, actually he leaves comes back, and then joins the Merchant Marines after being fired from his job in the warehouse. This announcement resolves the conflict surrounding Laura's marriage because it ends the attempt to have her marry Jim. Not to say that this event stops any future attempts, but it does stop the one in the play. Both outcomes are tied directly to Amanda because she bring them about. She is the one who wanted a suitor for Laura, so it is partially her fault that the event happens. As for Tom, she is the one who accuses him and pushes right out of her world, because he eventually just walks down the fire escape never to return. And as Tom leaves down the fire escape he has literally left Amanda but he has also symbolically escaped her world of illusion. He does this because the fire escape is the symbol for escape in the play. This is substantiated by the fact that Tom can walk up and down the steps of the fire escape, but the only time Laura is seen leaving through the fire escape, she slips and falls. ...read more.

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Her reality denial spills over into her dialogue, which furthers her delusions of the past. She speaks very politely and energetically as she did as a Southern Belle. " Gracious, you talk as though all of my old admirers had turned up their toes to the daises!" is one such example. She could have said that her old admirers had died or past on, but she said "turned their toes up to the daises". The unfortunate thing is that she is no longer a Southern Belle just standing around waiting for rich men to come by and propose. By her speaking like a Southern Belle, she is connected her to the world she creates of illusions and the one for show. The connections are achieved by the fact that in the past she was Southern Belle with many rich suitors vying for her hand in marriage. This is also an illusion because she is no longer a Southern Belle but tries to maintain that front. It is also this connection to her illusions of the past that combines the proof that this is her play. She is the one who creates the world she lives in to protect herself from the tragedy of her husband leaving her. She is also the one who causes the conflict of the play out of her illusions of the past and therefore she is the person who dramatizes the tragedy of not living honestly and fully in the present. ...read more.

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