" the future becomes the present, the present becomes the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret is you don't plan for it!"Amanda tells Tom this. Is this statement Ironic? Why or Why...

" the future becomes the present, the present becomes the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret is you don't plan for it!"

Amanda tells Tom this. Is this statement Ironic? Why or Why not? What does she mean by this statement?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The statement is ironic in that she (herself a person without a clue of what role she plays in her own life) is sermoning Tom for not having a clear plan in mind for what he wants to do with his life. He, being the man of the family at this point, was expected to take care of both his mother and his sister. Although he is in fact a wanderer and has not yet set his feet on the ground, at least he does have an idea that he wants to get out of the rut in which he is stuck listening to his mother summoning her own past which now is long gone.

What makes it even more ironic is that here she is at the mercy of life. She is a woman who continuously denies her situation as a plain old dreamer still stuck in her Glorious Southern past and unable to let go of it. She, herself, has made of her daughter a tool of no importance for the overprotective and overbearing way she raises her. She has even gotten Tom out of his wits because of her meddling ways. So, if I were her, I would not be telling anyone but myself a sermon like that. And, eventually, Tom does leave them all behind, probably to his own credit.

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shortyshelly | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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I agree with the previous answer except that I do not believe it was to Tom's credit to leave his mother and sister behind. It was his responsibility to take care of them as the man of the house. not to desert them with no source of care.

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