The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie Deception and Lies Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a big long monologue.
[in a tone of frightened apology]: "I'm crippled!"
"Nonsense, Laura, I've told you never, never to use that word. Why, you’re not crippled, you just have a little defect – hardly noticeable, even! When people have some slight disadvantage like that, they cultivate other things to male up for it – develop charm – and vivacity – and – charm! That’s all you have to do!" (2.47-2.50, Laura and Amanda).
Amanda is blinded by a mother’s love to the actualities of Laura’s situation.
"Let me tell you—" "I don’t want to hear anymore!" (3.20, 3.21, Amanda and Tom).
Tom chooses to forcibly shut out reality, choosing instead to escape to the movies.
[with great enthusiasm]: "Try and you will succeed! [The notion makes her breathless.] Why, you - you're just full of natural endowments! Both of my children-they're unusual children! Don't you think I know it? I'm so-proud! Happy and-feel I've-so much to be thankful for…" (4.39, Amanda).
Amanda deludes herself into thinking that matters are far better than they actually are.