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How Amanda Is Over Controlling With Tom And Laura

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In The Glass Menagerie, Amanda is an over controlling mother and is trying to protect her children like any mother would but Laura and Tom depend on their mother's decision for them. For example, Just at the beginning of the play Amanda is talking to Laura and Tom about something that happened at church and while their eating dinner Amanda says “ Honey, don’t push with your fingers. If you have to push with something, the thing to push with is a crust of bread. And chew—chew! Animals have sections in their stomachs which enable them to digest food without mastication . . . . .” (Act 1, scene I, pg.925) Amanda is telling Laura and Tom how to eat and what to do when their eating I understand that from a mother point of view but they are old enough to know what to do and how to do it. Amanda treats them as of their children when their grown adults.

A mother always wants the best for her children, and Amanda isn’t a good example of a good mother. Amanda talks to Laura and Tom about their father as of she made a mistake choosing him out of a lot of men that wanted to be with her. “And I could have been Mrs. Duncan J. Fitzhugh, mind you! But – I picked your father” (Act 1, scene 1, pg.927). Amanda is using her past experience and wants men to call Laura like many did for her “Its almost time for our gentlemen callers to start arriving. How many do you suppose were going to entertain this afternoon?” (Act1, scene 1, pg. 927) Amanda doesn’t want Laura to make the same mistake she did by choosing the wrong guy like she made it seem about Laura’s father. Pressuring Laura to get out their and find someone I don’t think is a good mother thing to do and clearly just wants her daughter to find someone with a future for the sake of the family.

Amanda didn’t have any good expectations for Laura in her future after she found out that she stopped going to school because she was “disabled”. “All of our plans – my hopes and ambitions for you – just gone up the spout, just gone up the spout like that.” (Act 1, scene 2, pg. 930) Laura clearly isn’t stalwart towards herself and Amanda doing no good, she doesn’t want Laura to think of herself as “crippled”, denying the fact that she is crippled. Babying her as if she is five years old, Laura is old enough and matures enough for not leaving school over something she should have accepted a defect she has. Although a good mother would have probably encouraged Laura to another option maybe business wasn’t working out for her. Amanda didn’t add any diligence to talk to Laura about what she likes to do or what would she like to be in her future. Amanda is very selfish she only thinks about what’s best for her and not what’s best for Laura. “ So what are we going to do the rest of our lives? Stay home and watch the parades go by? Amuse ourselves with the glass menagerie, darling?...

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