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The Glass Menegerie

             "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams is a stage play set in St. " The Glass Menagerie" is a memory play drawn from the narrator, Tom Wingfield played by Michael A. Newcomer. Tom Wingfield who is also a character in this play is an aspiring poet who works in a shoe warehouse to support his mother Amanda played by Darrie Lawrence, and his sister Laura played by Christi Craig. Jim O' Connor played by Derek Phillips is the guy from high school who Laura had a devastating crush on and who now works with Tom at the warehouse. There is also a fifth character Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura's father who ran off years ago and felled in love with long distance as Amanda would say, as his picture hangs on the wall; his name is brought out numerous amount of time throughout the play. "The Glass Menagerie" focuses a lot on the American dream and family life, many of these values are embedded in the play through the use of allusions to works of art and social institutions and career and educational choices of some of the characters in the play. .
             First, one of the most talkative and upnoutish characters throughout the whole play was Amanda. From the audience almost every time she open her mouth the crowd uttered. Amanda who is from a southern family, constantly regales her children with frequently tales of her youth and the scores of suitors who once pursued her. Amanda wants the same thing for her daughter Laura who is crippled and has to wear a brace on her leg and is very shy. Amanda is very disappointed that Laura, does not attract any gentleman callers. Amanda enrolls Laura in a business college hoping that she will be able to make it on her own one day, only to find out weeks later that Laura has drop out of business school and has been spending days wandering the city alone. Amanda is very upset about the news and decides that Laura's last and only hope is to marry, so she begins selling newspaper to earn extra money that she believes will one day help attract, suitors to Laura.

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