The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie Family 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.
"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 sees the family as a unit of support during tough times.
"A few days ago I came in and she was crying."
"She has an idea that you’re not happy here." (4.55-4.59, Amanda and Tom).
Just as Tom displays a brotherly concern for Laura, so she feels the same love and concern for her brother.
"And you—when I see you taking after his ways! Staying out late—and—well, you had been drinking the night you were in that—terrifying condition! Laura says that you hate the apartment and that you go out nights to get away from it! Is that true, Tom?" (4.63, Amanda).
While Amanda wants Laura to be more like she was, she fears that Tom will become like his father.