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The mother is trying to compensate the shortcomings in her life by thinking of her good old days. Amanda says “What are we going to do, what is going to become of us, what is the future?" ( Williams ) All the characters are forcing themselves to escape from the reality as her daughter Laura is illussioned by glass works while son wanders along in frustration.
In the climax, we can see that characters come at different points of struggling. The climax has lot of significance because people in the story change their choices and preferences to make their life better. Tom who is the son of Amanda decides to use the money he have for his purpose instead of paying electric bill of house. He thinks to leave his family in search of an adventure to break off from family struggle and start a life of his own. In the end also the dreams of Laura changes as Jim announces his engagement. He then breaks the horn of her glass unicorn in mistake which was gifted by Laura. When Jim announces that he is engaged it destroys the chance of eliminating the self doubt and shyness of Laura. We can see that this incident has brought a mental and emotional trauma in Laura and Amanda.
When Amanda hears the news of Jim getting engaged, she loses the hope of her daughter getting popularity and social standing. She related this to her experience where she also lost a chance to come up in social circle of life. In the end, we can see that all the hopes and desires of characters fall apart and show how illusion and fantasies can spoil our life. Amanda says “I’ll tell you what I wished for on the moon. Success and happiness for my precious children! I wish for that whenever there’s a moon, and when there isn’t a moon, I wish for it, too." (Williams ).Tom not paying the bills shows that the he is frustrated with his family. Amanda has a change
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A. Laura is just another part of her glass figurine collection. B. She is the most compassionate one in the family. II: Tom Wingfield’s illusionary world. A. Tom is seemingly capable of functioning in the real world. B. His family means more to him than he himself realizes.
The author of the paper states that in this play, the author has used themes and symbols to bring out the escape mechanism employed by all characters in order to evade the reality of their lives. Though the play brings out weighty themes/subjects like failures of the family structure and failures of fathers, escapism remains a major theme in the play.
The work of Arthur Miller and William Tennessee has analyzed the modified image of loss that exposes a touching truth that rises above the troubles of specific persons or families and has spread a universal attraction to a varied audience. The story of The Glass Menageries is planned around a sequence of abandonments.
Williams narrates the story through employing multiple layers of meaning to the words, settings, characters and situations. For example, the glass menagerie, the urge of the protagonist to forget her sister, and the blowing out of the candles at the end of the play all employ a deeper layer of meaning. Williams employed the use of symbolism to introduce themes, characters, morals and values, and then to link them all together.
Tom also took on the responsibilities of tending to the well-being of his ill and painfully shy younger sister. However, Tom’s ignorance and selfishness gets the better of him, a behavior that had been building up until it reached a boiling point at the end of the play, resulting in Laura’s emotional distress.
Considering such, it is interesting to study the characterizations exposed in the play entitled “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams because the three main characters reflect common personalities. They are like a collection of glasses that are fragile but still have to be strong enough in order to survive the cruelties of life.
ical machinations of the other characters indeed make the drama a “menagerie” of cruelty and dysfunction, Laura displays an almost unreal, pure compassion towards the other characters. It is a testament to Williams’s skill as a playwright that she does not appear
What Tom does when he cannot take the criticism anymore is classical escape (Williams, 1944). He leaves to smoke instead. This is designed to help Tom escape from outside phenomena that are irritating him.