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The Glass Menagerie, begins with Amanda Wingfield, being overly optimistic about the possible occurrence of gentleman callers, for her shy, partially crippled daughter, Laura. This wishful thinking turns into a story about how many gentlemen callers she received as a young woman, which Tom, her son who yearns for adventure, hates. Early on, Amanda finds out that Laura has secretly dropped out of Business College and scolds her because now she may have jeopardized her future. In the following scene, Amanda finds Tom writing and begins nagging him about petty problems, how selfish she finds him, and how she wonders where he goes at nights, to which Tom responds facetiously saying that he plans on "going to opium dens" and that he has "joined the Hogan gang" (Glass 514). Tom then leaves and comes back to the house drunk and finds Laura waiting up for him. The next morning, Amanda asks Tom
to find Laura a gentlemen caller at the warehouse where he works. Reluctantly, he does invite a man by the name of Jim O'Conner, a person on whom Laura had a crush in high school. Once Amanda hears of this news she makes a "huge fuss" until he arrives and makes Laura so nervous that she can't even eat dinner with them (Glass 519). After a dinner with Tom and Amanda, Jim goes into the den and accompanies Laura, where he discovers that she has an "Inferiority Complex" (Glass 532). Laura seems to overcome her inferior feelings enough to show Jim her glass animal collection, to dance with him and to kiss him. Later, Jim decides he must tell Laura of his engagement to be married and then leaves. Laura and Amanda feel crushed by Jim's speedy and definite departure. Amanda then blames Tom and chases him away forever.
Amanda depicts one of William's characters who transforms her reality into something more to her liking. She first displays her tran
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- She first displays her transformation when she lies about how she frequently received up to "seventeen gentlemen callers" ...
- Blanche comments of her meeting with Mitch to Stella, saying that he "seems superior to the others [Stanley and his friends]" ...
- Tom writing and begins nagging him about petty problems, how selfish she finds him, and how she wonders where he goes at nights, to which Tom responds facetiously saying that he plans on "going to opium dens" and that he has "joined the Hogan gang"
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