The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie Dreams, Hopes, and Plans 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.
"You are the only young man I know of who ignores the fact that the future becomes present, the present past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don’t plan for it!" (5.95, Amanda).
Although Amanda discloses nuggets of perspective on the progression of time, she herself spends all of her time oscillating between the past and the future.
"Then he has visions of being advanced in the world! Any young man who studies public speaking is aiming to have an executive job some day! And radio engineering? A thing for the future! Both of these facts are very illuminating. Those are the sort of things that a mother should know concerning any young man who comes to call on her daughter. Seriously or—not." (5.117, Amanda).
Amanda makes grand claims about the future using very little fact or evidence from the present.
"What shall I wish for, Mother?"
[her voice trembling and her eyes suddenly filling with tears]: "Happiness! Good fortune!" (5.140, 5.141, Laura, Amanda).
Amanda chastises Tom for being a ‘selfish dreamer,’ yet her own dreams take on a dream-like and superstitious quality almost foolish in nature.