The impression on Amanda as a mother at the end of the scene 1 of the play "Glass Menagerie by Tennessee William.

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"The Glass Menagerie", written by Tennessee William, is a great play of profoundly characterization. Whithin only scene one of the play, we can visualize and understand the characteristics of all characters, especially Amanda, an overbearing mother of illusion but need much more sympathetic.

As mother, Amanda decides everything in the family and requires her children's obeying without caring of their feeling. That is why Tom is very annoying ""I haven't enjoyed one bite of this dinner because of your constant directions on how to eat it. It's you that makes me rush through meals with your hawk-like attention to every bite I take" when she always teaches him how to eat The way she treats to her children as they are still kids. Laura must do nothing except for "staying fresh and pretty for gentlement callers." Although she doesn't like to do that, she has to obey what her mother wants.

Amanda seems to be very impractical when always hoping her daughter, a cripple girl, will easily find a gentleman caller to get married. Being a nostagic woman, Amanda is never in harmony with the presence. She often recalls her romantic and wonderful memory of "receiving seventeen gentlemen callers one Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain". And that is considered as the evidence that makes her too proud of herself before her children. However, I wonder if her children will be proud of having such attractive mother, too. She is well-talked and skillful to lure seventeen gentlemen callers at the same time. So why could not she keep their father? Whu did he abandone her? Anh why do they have to live in such poor family without father? In my opinion, that story is good, but just for her because it is not itself an appropiate story to tell...