The Glass Menagerie "Amanda treats Tom unfairly because she is too proccupied about Laura"

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The Glass Menagerie

"Amanda treats Tom unfairly because she is too preoccupied with Laura"

The Glass Menagerie is a sad story about a family on the edge of falling apart. The father who was a drinker left the family years ago and the mother is forced to rely on her son who has to provide for them three, his mother, his sister and himself. The daughter Laura suffers of an inferiority complex and is crippled. Due to this Amanda comes to the conclusion that she won´t have an academic future and sees finding her a husband as the only way to secure her daughter´s future. Amanda made Tom get a job in the warehouse which he despises and dumps most of her responsibilities as mother on him. His life is full of responsibility, money, future for Laura and his mother though she dos not admit this, and a boring job.

Though he hates his life and dreams about more excitement he endures it because he loves his sister and in a way feels sorry for his mother. But in spite of everything Tom does for the family Amanda still calls him selfish and treats him in an unfair way. The following essay will give some proofs and show some situations in which Amanda acts the wrong way and treats him unright. That is the main reason why Tom decides to leave at the end of the play like his father did and follows his own dreams.

The first situation in which Amanda shows an unfair treatment occurs in scene three. She confiscated his books solely because she did not like the content and said "I won´t allow such filth brought into my house!" She totally ignores that Tom is the one who earns the money for the rent. If...