The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie Duty 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.
"GO, then! Go to the moon—you selfish dreamer!" (7.320, Amanda).
Amanda views even the small pleasure of going out at night as a selfish endeavor.
"Then all at once my sister touches my shoulder. I turn around and look into her eyes. Oh, Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be! I reach for a cigarette, I cross the street, I run into the movies or a bar, I buy a drink, I speak to the nearest anything-anything that can blow your candles out! For nowadays the world is lit by lightning! Blow out your candles, Laura-and so, goodbye… (7.321, Tom).
Although he tries to escape his responsibility to his family through geographical distance, Tom never escapes the chains of family obligation.