Books and Movies Reviews

The glass menagerie

How sympathetic is the portrayal of Amanda?Are we meant to admire her for holding her family together under very difficult circumstances or to condemn her for her destructive illusions?

"A well-cooked meal has lots of delicate flavors that have to be held in the mouth for appreciation.So chew your food and give your salivary glands a chance to function!"As a mother, Amanda advises her kids what she knows best.Just like every mother, she tries her best to raise her kids into great adults.Although she is sometimes a little harsh, what mother isn't?Amanda might have destructive illusions at some point but she shouldn't be condemned for it.Every mother lives in different generation, raises their children differently, and comes from different environments.
Growing up, different mothers come from different generations.In the early 1900's, mothers learned to raise their children in a manner where they have to respect and speak when told to.In the 2000's, mothers are now more lenient to their children's behaviors and actions; some more than others.Amanda plays a more sympathetic part in the family.She raises her kids to a state where the son can say such things as, "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 a take.Sickening – spoils my appetite – all this discussion of animals' secretion – salivary glands – mastication!" Mothers in the new generation would not tolerate that behavior.
Raising a child isn't easy.Many mothers let go of their child when they are born because the fret of not raising their child properly and being named a disgraceful mother.Amanda tries to raise her children in a way where the daughter Laura would be able to have plenty of gentlemen callers and where the son would …

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