The Glass Menagerie Argumentative Essay

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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a play that consists of 4 distinguished
characters: Amanda, Laura, Tom and Jim. The pivotal character in this play is definitely
Amanda. She affects every aspect of this play unlike the characters that surround her on a
day-to-day basis.

Amanda is the character with the strongest connection to Laura and Tom's father. She is
the one that drew him to her and also the one that pushed him away. Without Amanda, the
mother figure, the play could have never taken place. Tom might not result to the Marines
had it not been for his father's abandonment of the family, more likely than not because
of Amanda.

Is the Amanda is the biggest reason for Tom's departure, leaving his family as easy prey
for the big scary world that surrounds them. Amanda drives Tom to a point of insanity,
even finding fault in his attending the movies. To add to this Amanda forces her daughter
into various courses which make her physically ill. Amanda finds fault in everything about
Laura; this includes her playing of the old Victrola and her shy nature that rears her
away from the opposite sex.

Amanda is the true reason behind Jim's presence in the play. Without Amanda, Jim would
have never been invited to dinner as a suitor. Jim, the only secondary character in the
play, is asked to the Wingfield apartment by Tom but only at the request of his mother.
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