The Glass Menagerie: Living the Fantasy Life Through Escapism


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9 November 2010
The Glass Menagerie: Living the Fantasy Life Through Escapism
A cursory reading of The Glass Menagerie seems like a simple story of a woman trying to marry off her 24-year-old-daughter and to get her son to have some sense of responsibility. Behind the seemingly quaint play is a highly dysfunctional family in total denial of the lots of their lives and how they compensate for their shortcomings by indulging in lives of fantasy and escapism.
The characters in the play are Amanda, mother to Laura and Tom. Each has struggled with life’s disappointments and they have only each other upon which to rely. Amanda’s husband, Laura and Tom’s father, abandoned the family 16...
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..... hope.
In the final scenes, Tom get out and joins the merchant marine. He is continuing his father’s legacy. In this sense, he manages another form of escapism. The reader will never know what became of Amanda and Laura, but it is intimated at that they continued on, living a life of their escapist reality.
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Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. New York, NY: New Directions Publishing Corporation. 1999. Print.
McMichael, George, and Leonard, James. “Escapism in the Glass Menagerie: Understanding a Central Theme in a Classic Work.” Anthology of American Literature. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2007. Web. 9 Nov. 2010.
“The Glass Menagerie: Themes, Motifs and Symbols.” Web. 9 Nov. 2010. …>The Glass Menagerie>