1.What internal conflicts do the characters face in The Glass Menagerie? How do these conflicts result in the overall
tension that exists in the Wingfield family? Describe how Tom, Laura, and
Amanda cope with their conflicts and how their conflicts connect to the play’s
theme of reality versus illusion.
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It is Tom Wingfield's personal conflict that causes massive tension within the family. Tom is torn between his responsibility to his mother and sister and his dreams and desires. a crappy job at a factory makes him desire for a different job that will take him around the world. He copes with his frustrations by drinking and going to the movies. the alcohol makes him suffer with his family members.
Amanda thinks Tom is held prisoner in their t. Louis apartment, and he wishes for him to be free. on the other hand she fears her son will abandon her, Since her husband is not around anymore, Tom is the only financial support, thus she suffers silently
Laura's fear to function in the world and the probing dread of disappointing her mother causes her to suffer internally.Laura understands the sacrifice her mother has made to take her to business school, but she cant stand her order and drops out but she keeps it a secret from her.
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Jun 16th, 2015
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