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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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Quote #7

"Look! I’ve got no thing, no single thing…

…in my life that I can call my OWN! Everything is…

…Yesterday you confiscated my books!" (3.11, 3.13, 3.15, Tom).

Tom feels confined not only because of his job and position as breadwinner, but because of Amanda’s added restrictions on his life.

Quote #8

"House, house! Who pays rent on it, who makes a slave of himself to—" (3.17, Tom).

Tom uses hyperbole to emphasize the overwhelming sense of imprisonment he feels.

Quote #9

"What do you think I’m at? Aren’t I supposed to have any patience to reach the end of, Mother? I know, I know. It seems unimportant to you, what I’m doing – what I want to do – having a little difference between them!" (3.30, Tom).

Tom is trapped not only by his confining situation, but also by his mother’s inability to recognize his desires.

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