Comparing Amanda Wingfield and Blanche DuBois of The Glass Menagerie and The Streetcar Named Desire

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Faded Southern belle, disconnected from reality, and living in their former glory. One would think it was a mid-life crisis but for two women for Tennessee Williams’s pieces of work, “The Glass Menagerie” and “The Streetcar Named Desire”, it’s their everyday lives. This description I described earlier was of both Amanda Wingfield and Blanche DuBois. These women believe that there was no room for failure. In “The Glass Menagerie”, Amanda did all she could to control her children's lives. She sends Tom to work to support the family and she tries to live her life through Lauren. Blanche is lost, confused, and using sexual relations escape. The only thing that makes Blanche happy is living in her own fantasies that she’s young, beautiful, important, and loved by somebody.

Amanda Wingfield is an old Southern belle who came from a very prominent Southern family who loss of their money. She is a single mother of two because her husband left his family to pursue his dreams or whatever he wanted to do with his life. Kind of like Tennessee’s real mother Edwina. In play, “The Glass Menageri...

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