As I understand it, this play is about The events of the play are framed by the memory of narrator Tom, who plays a character in the play. He usually smokes and stands on the fire escape. Tom is the only person who works in their family and pays all the bills. Tom, his mother Amanda, and his sister Laura. Amanda wants her son and daughter to shine in their life and have bright futures. Laura is a very shy girl, not comfortable in front of people, and drop out of school. Therefore the mother wants her to get married to a good man who will take care of her. She does not want Laura to stay home and do nothing. This is why she always tells Laura to meet a boy and have a date, so she can overcome her nervousness and get along with people. Amanda’s husband has died a long time ago so she wants Tom to be more responsible for their family.

The third section of the paragraph (32) of the first and second scene of “The glass menagerie” by Tennessee Williams might leave a reader feeling worsened about Tom. Because Amanda was ingroup tom when he was eating by telling him how to eat and talk about animals. Also, she compared her son to animals which are surprising to hear from a mother. Amanda is a loving mother, but her meddling and nagging are hard to live with for Tom, who is a grown man and who earns the wages that support the entire family. Due to the situation, Amanda should not compare Tom with animals. Every person is different and they have different habits. We can not judge them or compare them with animals.

A reader’s questions might start in paragraph 129 where she says, “ I just went walking. I went to the art museum and the bird-houses at the Zoo. I visited the penguins every day! Sometimes I did without lunch and went to the movies. Lately, I’ve been spending most of my afternoons in the jewel-box, that big glass-house where they raise the tropical flowers”. This part really surprised me because as I know that Laura is a very shy girl, if she can not face her college student and the teacher then how come she feels comfortable going to the museum and zoo alone. Didn’t she see any other people in that place? isn’t it making her more nervous going there by herself? Last six month she did this by presenting going for class, which made me worried about her future. Because in order to get a better life, education is very important. I think it shows that

Missing class and staying outside of home make Laura happy. She might want to overcome her fear by going out and visiting these places.

After this part of the play, most readers probably will be looking forward to reading the rest of the play to understand Laura’s character more. Also, she might find a boy and have a change in her life. The way her mother wants to see her as an independent woman. I think the next play will understand her mistake and overcome it by going back to college. Make her mother proud by doing great in college and having a good career.

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