To begin with, writing has been something that has inspired me since I was a kid. I just like to express my feelings not with people but with my journal. When I was around 14-15, I always wanted to write books. I was so inspired with African books that I read in my country. When I am reading or learning the history of my country, I told myself that I can be like them. They way they write about my ancestors, all I wanted is just to start writing and let the world see what the youth are capable of.

The first and the second scenes of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams might leave a reader feeling delighted because it is explaining a mother who wants the best for her children. She is teaching them how to act in their lives, and to show them how to really act when they are in different places. From what I understand, Amanda wants her children to have the best life, a life that she couldn’t have. An example of this is on line 32. “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, but human beings are supposed to chew their food before they swallow it down. Eat food leisurely, son, and really enjoy it. A well-cooked meal has lots of delicate flavors that have to be held in the mouth for appreciation. So chew your food and give your salivary glands a chance to function!” This is an interesting line because it is explaining a mother teaching her children to have manners. She is like a kind of mother who wants her kids to follow a good path, by being successful and be happy in their life.

A reader’s questions might start on line 118 where it says: “Excuse me,’ she said. She took the attendance book out and there was your name, unmistakably printed, and all the dates you were absent until they decided that you had dropped out of school..” This is important because in this scene, I was not expecting this kind of conflict to happen to Amanda and her daughter, Laura. Her mother is so shocked to hear such a thing about her daughter. This conflict is surprising because a mother may think that their children are going to school, where they should because they leave the house everytime they have classes. So her mother will not believe that Laura was not going to school.

After all, they are paying for her education. She should complete all the tasks that are required for her. It does not make sense when you send your kids to go to school and they are not going. It’s just a waste of money and time. The author seems to be making the point that no matter what the truth will always come out. Later on, Amanda will know that Laura does not want to go to school, and she would like to make her own choices, rather than doing everything that her mother tells her. After this part of the play, most readers probably will be looking forward to reading the rest of this play because people like me always want to know what will happen next. The more I read the play, the more I want to know more about this family and the sacrifices they will make in order to survive this hard time. I am also curious to know what measure Laura takes to not go to school. Why she decided to end her education. What’s probably going to happen next is that maybe their mother will pass away, and in that Laura and Tom will know the value of having a mother that was always in your ears. They will probably look to the bright side and try to make some changes. They will become responsible once and for all.

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