Escape in Tennessee Williams´ The Glass Menagerie

626 WordsJan 25, 20183 Pages
In Tennessee Williams' drama "The Glass Menagerie", Williams uses symbolism and foreshadowing to show how the little things in people's lives can be the "escape" of the reality of daily problems that they may face, main example being Laura's glass figures. Story is introduced with Tom, the protagonist and narrator of the story. The other characters are his sister Laura, and his mother Amanda, who is the antagonist. An imperative element about the story is that it is not told in the narrator's present time, but is entirely based of his memories. Tennessee Williams did that to place an emphasis on the mood of the story through Tom's point of view. In the story, Amanda and Tom constantly fight because of Amanda's harassment, which in turn is causing Tom to be both unhappy and restless. She resents how Tom likes to spend his time. He likes to drink and watch movies, but Amanda taunts him for wanting to pursue his own dreams instead of working to support his family. So every character in the story faces a certain dilemma. Tom hates his job, while Amanda wants to make changes to Laura so that she can be more outgoing. Which in turn causes Laura not be at ease. But Laura is true to her character, she doesn't get angry, but is extremely shy. Some messages in the story jump out at you, such as the difficulty of accepting reality, and how people can't truly escape their problems. The central mood is that of despair. As the story progresses, each character is working through a
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