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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Duty Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #10

"We have to do all that we can to build ourselves up. In these trying times we live in, all that we have to cling to is-each other…" (4.51, Amanda).

Amanda believes that all members of the family have an obligation to each other

Quote #11

"However, you do act strangely. I—I’m not criticizing, understand that! I know your ambitions do not lie in the warehouse, that like everybody in the whole wide world—you’ve had to—make sacrifices, but—Tom—Tom—life’s not easy, it calls for—Spartan endurance!" (4.61).

Amanda believes that duty and responsibility are more important than one’s own dreams.

Quote #12

"Oh, I can see the handwriting on the wall as plain as I can see the nose in front of my face! It's terrifying! More and more you remind me of your father! He was out all hours without explanation!-Then left! Goodbye! And me with the bag to hold. I saw that letter you got from the Merchant Marine. I know what you're dreaming of. I'm not standing here blindfolded. Very well, then. Then do it! But not till there's somebody to take your place." (4.91, Amanda).

Amanda believes that duty and responsibility are more important than one’s own dreams.

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