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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Duty Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #13

"I mean that as soon as Laura has got somebody to take care of her, married, a home of her own, independent-why, then you'll be free to go wherever you please, on land, on sea, whichever way the wind blows you! But until that time you've got to look out for your sister. I don't say me because I'm old and don't matter! I say for your sister because she's young and dependent." (4.93, Amanda).

Amanda focuses on Tom’s obligation to his sister, rather than to herself.

Quote #14

"What can I do about it?"

"Overcome selfishness! Self, self, self, is that all you ever think of?" (4.94, 4.95, Tom and Amanda).

Amanda constantly berates Tom for his dreams and ambitions.

Quote #15

"We are going to have one."

"What?"

"A gentleman caller!" (5. 30-5.32).

Tom fulfills the family duty of bringing home a man for Laura.

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