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William Glass Menegerie (Essay Sample)

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Discuss the play’s presentation (and subversion) of traditional family and gender roles. How does the assumption and subsequent disruption of those roles define and control Laura’s destiny? How does having a brother for a father and a sister for a mother determine the outcome of Laura’s seduction by Jim?

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William Glass Menegerie
Throughout the play, we can see that the future of each character is dictated earlier. Therefore, it is established that Luara must be married because she is a lady, and Tom must learn how to work because he is a man. Consequently, we can see that the roles of each gender have been established and determined by societal expectations. The traditions define the roles of each character. The subversion of the traditional gender roles is seen in Amanda's character, who shifts away from the established traditions (Williams).
Despite her shift from the traditional perspective of gender, she still treats the children based on their differences. Laura

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