In The Glass Menagerie, how would you describe Laura's relationship with Amanda?  

In The Glass Menagerie, Laura's relationship with Amanda can be described as being based on a lack of mutual understanding. Indeed, at one point in the play, Amanda even says that she doesn't understand her daughter. This would explain why she tries to turn Laura into a Southern belle despite her not having the personality for it.

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In Tennessee Williams's play The Glass Menagerie, Amanda Wingfield is Laura Wingfield's domineering, manipulative, and, at times, emotionally abusive mother. Amanda's dreams for Laura are the same dreams she had for herself when she was younger, until her husband abandoned the family sixteen years ago and effectively destroyed Amanda's dreams for herself.

Amanda now lives vicariously through Laura, a frail, disabled, painfully self-conscious, introverted, and socially awkward twenty-three-year-old woman who has no dreams for herself. Laura retreats from the world into her room, where she occupies herself with endlessly cleaning and polishing her collection of glass figurines—what Amanda calls, somewhat derisively, her "glass menagerie" (scene 2)—and plays records on her old, wind-up Victrola.

Although Amanda exhibits characteristics of the classic, stereotypical "domineering mother," her other qualities and characteristics are often overlooked. Amanda is a single mother, as she's been...

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