In The Glass Menagerie, what character is not disillusioned?

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All of the characters in The Glass Menagerie suffer from some kind of disillusionment. Amanda is perhaps the most disillusioned character in the book. She imagines a wildly romantic life for her daughter and refuses to see the reality of the situation. She continuously talks of possible suitors for Laura and assumes hobbies and jobs she might do. When she discovers Laura is not going to school any longer, she is distraught and disillusioned.

Tom dreams of escape yet cannot leave his home. He imagines that the world he’ll find when he leaves will be without trouble or responsibility. He also hopes his mother and sister will manage without him. When he leaves at the end, without telling his mother, it shows his desperation. Laura, however, is a little more grounded in reality than the other characters. She does have a crush on Jim and imagines for a brief moment that they might be together; when she discovers he has a girlfriend, her hopes are dashed. In most other ways, she is fairly grounded; she understands her limitations and has no unrealistic expectations for herself. Therefore, Laura would be the character who is the least disillusioned in this play.

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