The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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In Death of a Salesman, the protagonist, Willy Loman, is in a crisis of interrelated events: he is a salesman who has lost his wage and is not making enough off of commision to pay his bills, he has an unhealthy relationship with his son, Biff, and he is regretful of the decision he has made in the past to have an affair. Similarly, in The Glass Menagerie, the protagonist, Tom, finds himself in a conflict with his family, as he is not allowed the freedom he wishes even though he has to pay the rent. His sister, Laura, escapes from her problems and does not confront her mother when she drops out of business college, instead she pretends to go, escaping to places of entertainment. In both plays, it is revealed that the characters wish to escape from these conflicts: in Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman escapes by daydreaming and in the end for good by committing suicide. In The Glass Menagerie, Tom escapes by going to the movies, and in the end by leaving his family. In both plays the characters are placed in situations of crisis, and their crises are revealed through their continual attempts to escape, and through their interactions with other characters. In The Glass Menagerie, that Tom wishes to escape is introduced in the early on in the drama, when he tells his mother that he is going to the movies and, despite her suspicion and her inquisitiveness,…
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