The quote by Duff Brenna, "All literature shows us the power of emotion, it is emotion, not reason, that motivates characters in literature." To me means that it is emotion that affects characters in literature not reason or thought. I Agree with this statement because many stories characters do what they feel is right not what is logically right. In all literature, it is a character's feelings which lead to their actions and not any logic or reasoning. "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams proves this quote.
In "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams the characters act upon this feelings, not reason or thought. Tom Wingfield acts upon his emotions of frustration with family issues and a dull future by escaping them by leaving his mother and younger sister on their own. If Tom would have reasoned about it, he would realize that leaving his mother and sister is going to put them through great trouble and lack of money since he is the main source of income.
If Laura Wingfield, the youngest person in the house, would reason, she would realize that a simple incident isn't a good reason for dropping out of an expansive collage and ruining away from any further career plans that can make a dramatic improvement in the life style of her and her family, but she didn't think, she just runs away from the problem because of her intense shyness. If Amanda Wingfield wouldn't have let her emotions take over, she would realize that she is pushing Tom, her son, to the edge with her constant instructions, and telling a grown man how to live.
Therefore I agree with the quote by Duff Brenna, "All literature shows us the power of emotion, it is emotion, not reason, that motivates characters in literature." The Glass...