Is Amanda just overprotective, or does her devotion to Laura’s eventual marriage suggest a more serious issue? If you were a close friend of Amanda, how would you advise her to behave toward Laura?
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Amanda is trying to make sure her daughter's future is protected, namely by getting married to someone who will take care of her. This isn't a strange goal for the context in which the play is written. If I were friends with Amanda, I'd probably tell her to lay off and let Laura alone.
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