Tom of the Glass Menagerie

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Tom of the Glass Menagerie

Intro to Theatre

Tom Wingfield was a very interesting character who had to live between the very conventional and materialistic worlds that he knew. The job that he held at the shoe warehouse was difficult for him to reconcile to himself as he knew that he was living contrary to what his heart was telling him. He, unlike his sister and mother, was a very free spirit. This spirit was stifled in order for him to continue to work in what was a dead end job and he resented it. To Tom the position was just not important nor meaningful. This is evident when he tells his mother Amanda, "Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter, and none of those instincts are given much play at the warehouse!" (Scene 4) In order to find those things that he knew to be important for himself he escaped into his poetry, his thoughts his dreams and the movies. In order for Tom to live his dreams and his freedom of adventure he escaped there, into his own illusions. This constructed world of his was far from the one of his mother and sister. He recognized his sister’s situation and understood that his mother was delusional. He was therefore forced to leave his mother and sister or be completely lost and consumed by their false worlds made up of deception, illusions and the withdrawal from “normalcy”. Tom had to continually fight up against the demands and insults on an almost nightly basis from Amanda and the movies were his refuge. Tom would escape into this world of his creation in search of freedom and adventure. But, after a time, he began to realize this was not reality either. It was better than his own true reality, but still was not his own. He was living his adventures through the players on the screen and his drinking escapades only briefly dulled his awareness of his own unhappiness. It was then that he knew that he had to leave it all behind to save himself. He could no longer take Amanda’s nagging, her dominance when it...
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