The unlikely pair of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams and “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen do share multiple similarities in their domestic situations and in the things they chose to do. . When comparing these two plays you also have to keep in mind about how that both the plays were done in different time periods. Therefore things are going to be different when it comes to the roles of the women. With the “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Doll House” all the characters have flaws, lived in different time period, felt like they were trapped in ways, and reacted to things differently.
All the characters in “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Doll House” have flaws. In “A Doll House” Nora Helmer’s main flaw is that she is very dependent on others. When Nora was younger, she was spoiled by her father until she married. After she was married things didn’t change anything because her husband Torvald Helmer started spoiling her. Tovald Helmer’s flaws were that he was very bossy and controlling. Also he treated Nora like a pet rather than a wife, I mean her nickname was squirrel. On top of that he kept her on a short leash, only allowing her a certain allowance and she wasn’t even allowed to get her favorite thing, macaroons. In “The Glass Menagerie” Amada Wingfield the mother, also was very dependent on a male figure which was one of her flaws. Amanda’s other flaws were the constant nagging and not seeing Laura Wingfield for who she truly was. Tom Wingfield had tons of flaws, too many to list all of them. Tom’s main flaws are related to the fact that even though he loves his mother and sister, he’s very cruel to them and doesn’t show much love toward them in the play. Laura Wingfield is probably the only one that really doesn’t have any ...
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...ouble she was in. But we all knew that she understood what she had done, but she had to do it for love. Her husband yelling at her made her realize that she needed to leave and learn the real world and understand things that her father and her husband weren’t letting her see or learn.
Ultimately, both Tom and Nora end up leaving their families. Tom leaves/abandons his mother and sister to pursue his dreams and travel the world. Nora leaves her husband, but most painfully, her children in order for her to learn to live as the women she really wants to be which is strong and capable. Nora and Tom both give up a lot for the price of their freedom. In “The Glass Menagerie,” although Tom leaves his mother and sister, he is never truly free; he is forever haunted by the memories of his sister. But for Nora, her story just ended after walking out of her stifling marriage.
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