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The Glass Menagerie follows a trend of struggle with the fact that Amanda believes in the Southern way that men work and take care of their families. Even though her husband runs out on her, she does not lose faith that she will meet a gentleman that will indeed take care of her. In the mean time, Amanda’s son, Tom steps into fatherly role and supports the family. Tom too feels the abandonment and feels that he is missing out on his dreams and goals so he too leaves the family. This brings about anger and desperation from Amanda. She originally tries to shove the responsibility of Laura onto Tom in scene four. Laura says, “I mean as soon as Laura has got somebody to take care of her, married, a home of her own, independent-why, then you will be free to go wherever you please, on land, on sea, whichever the wind blows you! ” She tries to forego the pain and dismiss Tom to leave before he decides on his own to abandon the family. In scene seven Amanda says, “GO, then! Go to the moon you selfish dreamer! ” as if she is letting him go before he has the opportunity to hurt her as her husband did.

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