The Glass Menagerie Questions and Answers
by Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Compare and contrast Tom and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie.

Expert Answers info

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write16,848 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

One distinct comparison between Tom and Amanda lies in how both are unhappy with the present. A point of contrast would be in how they address it.

It is clear that Tom and Amanda don't share much respect for one another by the end of the drama.  Perhaps this is because they are so similar to one another.  Both of them are really unhappy with their lives.  Tom is unhappy with the life he leads: "Look!—I’ve got no thing, no single my life here that I can call my own!"  His dissatisfaction extends to a job to which he would prefer "somebody picked up a crowbar and battered out my brains."  

Tom's unhappiness about his life is one of his primary connections to Amanda.  She recognizes that her dreams and aspirations have not materialized.  Instead, she lives a life where "Things have a way of turning out...

(The entire section contains 449 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial