What does "The Glass Menagerie" suggest about the importance and significance of dreams?Where do you find this concern expressed or suggested more effectively?

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Dreams are often broken in "The Glass Menagerie." Amanda once dreamed of living on a rich plantation with lots of servants but she married a telephone man "who fell in love with long distance." She was abandoned and force to bring up her two children alone.

Jim says that he thought he would be much further along that he was after high school. But, he says he believes in the future of television. However, the play is set before World War II, and we know today that the war stopped the development of the television industry until the 1950s--many years after Jim had expected.

Laura once dreamed of the attentions of Jim and this almost occurs. However, Jim is engaged to another girl and her dreams are shattered.

Tom hoped to escape his family and all their trials by joining the merchant marine. But, as he says at the end of the play, "Oh Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me but I have been more faithful than I intended to be."

Thus, each of the characters in the play is unable to truly realize the dreams they have.

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