The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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How is The Glass Menagerie a tragedy?

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Tennessee Williams's classic play The Glass Menagerie is a tragedy because each member of the Wingfield family suffers in their own individual way and Amanda's plan for Jim O'Connor to court her handicapped daughter ends in disaster. Williams creates a somber atmosphere throughout the play as each member of the Wingfield family struggles with the burden of their unfulfilled dreams. Amanda Wingfield is overwhelmed with loneliness, instability, and uncertainty after her husband abandoned her and relies on her son to financially provide for the family. Instead of facing reality, she escapes to memories of her past and harbors unrealistic dreams for Laura. Amanda's plan for Jim O'Connor to be with Laura is shattered after it is revealed that he is married. Amanda's constant nagging and demanding nature also cause her son to abandon the family. Following Jim O'Connor's visit, Laura retreats back to the imaginary world of her "glass menagerie" and Tom is haunted by the memory of his fragile...

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