Each of these characters, Tom, Laura and Amanda, has strong claims to the title of protagonist, but what hangs over the play is the spectre of the...
"The Glass Menagerie" is fundamentally a memory play, in that both it's style and content are shaped and inspired by memory.
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These elements create emotional impact in the play. For instance, the music and lightning used make the audience connect with Laura’s shortcomings, Amanda’s indifference, and Tom’s struggles.
This play suggests a repressed desire boiling under the surface.
Instead of supporting Laura emotionally, she goes out to look for quick fixes and material gains.
First, she enrols her in a business school for her to earn some good fortune.
After realizing Laura’s weakness has kept her out of school, she does not care to investigate the problem and settle it amicably; on the contrary, she resorts into finding her a fiancé.
These are uninformed decisions and she is to blame for Laura’s continued shyness.