The Tragic Hero In The Glass Menagerie

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"We are flawed creatures, all of us. Some of us think that means we should fix our flaws. But get rid of my flaws and there would be no one left" (Sarah Vowel). Flaws are always present in people's lives, and they play their own role in folks' future. The majority of people try to overcome these shortcomings; however, for some of us, they are fateful. And so are they for the tragic hero in "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams. Receiving constant reproaches from Amanda, Tom has no more patience and is eager to leave his family to start a new life. He dreams about the ocean and utterly wants to see other continents. On the other hand, Amanda, who is trying to live the life for her daughter and continuously alerts his son to become more …show more content…
Tom is genuinely supportive, although, he pays too much attention to sister's "defect" and her unusual hobby of collecting glass figures. Tom emphasizes that Laura is not like other girls, too: "she is terribly shy and lives in a world of her own and those things make her seem a little bit peculiar". (Scene 5, p 697) He says that Laura seems different to other people and her introverted personality may affect her future as well. On the other hand, Amanda, who always critiques her children and gives some "advice". Instead of offering her daughter a chance to live her own life and follow her own path, Amanda is trying to change Laura and live a life she has missed herself. Obviously, Amanda is tangled into her past and do not even attempt to enjoy the present with both Laura and Tom. Not to mention that she is extremely concerned about Laura's personal life that it is not private anymore. Even when a gentleman caller, Jim, comes to the dinner, Amanda tries to make such a great impression. "We can't have a gentleman caller in a pigsty!" (Scene 5 p 694) Mother makes too much hassle and also wants to be fully prepared for the guest, except, Laura feels rather uncomfortable than pleased. It is important to realize that Tom and Amanda share one "fateful flaw" at the same time. Selfishness is a prominent characteristic for both of them. Tom and his mother want everything done their own way, and none of them seeks for any kind of suggestion or a constructive advice from others. Perchance, Tom and Amanda have excessive pride. This specific quality holds them in overcoming their imperfections; hence, it does not let them see their lives from a new, entirely different

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