The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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In the play The Glass Menagerie, are the characters failures just because they didn't reach their goals?

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Your question presumes that each of the characters had a goal and that they either clearly did or did not reach those goals. Let's see if that's true:

Amanda's goal for Laura seems to be to help her be self-sufficient, either through a career or through marriage. In the end she has neither a career nor a husband. Is that failure?

Amanda's goal for Tom is...

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