The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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In The Glass Menagerie are the characters failures for not achieving their goals?

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The characters of Tennessee Williams's play The Glass Menagerie are victims of their own tragic flaws as characters. Considering them as failures would not describe them fairly nor correctly, because to fail at something is terminal: there is just no way to succeed whatsoever.

The Wingfields have plenty of chances to succeed if they closely analyze how their circumstances affect them as individuals, and as a family. The tragic problem that they face, however, is that they are too co-dependent on each other to find the inner strength to save themselves first in order to go and try to help someone else. Tom does this, becoming the only character who actually becomes "saved" from the portent of a gloomy future.

In Amanda Wingfield we find a woman who cannot let go of her past. That would be her character's tragic flaw. As a result of not growing out of her past she consequentially cannot embrace her present, nor welcome a future. Her enmeshing nature leads her to depend on others for support,...

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