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The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams
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In the play The Glass Menagerie, Amanda accuses Tom of being "a dreamer. But what about her?

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Amanda too is a dreamer, always remembering her own past life as a Southern Belle, and describing it in glowing terms. She does this because, like Tom, she wishes to escape the harsh reality of her present life, when she has no husband and is struggling to make ends meet. This is her...

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Amanda too is a dreamer, always remembering her own past life as a Southern Belle, and describing it in glowing terms. She does this because, like Tom, she wishes to escape the harsh reality of her present life, when she has no husband and is struggling to make ends meet. This is her form of escapism, like the cinema is for Tom. However, it should be noted that there is also a more realistic practical side to her as she thinks of ways to earn money (through collecting magazine subscriptions, for example) and takes active steps in finding a husband for Laura, Essentially though, she does remain as much of a dreamer in her own way as Tom is in his.

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