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The Characters Escape From Reality in The Glass MenagerieThe Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams centers around a dream of escape Although everyone wants to escape from a different reality they all feel that need to get away The father is the most successful in his escape because he never has to deal with anything at home He actually leaves and doesnt look back As for the other four Laura Amanda Tom and Jim they seem to be stuck throughout the play Jim seems to be the only one with a real chance at breaking away from his reality When Tom breaks free his memory brings him back to that place Each person escapes their reality in some way and is somewhat successful at it Whether through dreams or actually walking away everyone manages to break freeTom is by far the biggest dreamer Tom dreams of leaving the over crowded urban centers of lower middle-class population 1267 Tom envies his father who actually had the guts to walk out Tom expresses this when he tells Amanda Mother Id be where the father is 1277 Tom wants to leave so desperately that he paid his Merchant Marine dues this month instead of the light bill 1295 Tom would rather think of himself and let his mother and sister sit in the dark alone than take responsibility for his family Tom says he is tired of the movies 1294 meaning that he is ready for his own adventures He retires to a cabinet of the washroom to work on poems when business is slack in the warehouse 1289 By doing this Tom is looking for yet another escape from the reality of working at a job he hates Tom also loathes his mother in some way This is most evident when Tom calls Amanda an ugly babbling old- witch 1278 When Tom does finally escape his realities they continue to haunt him Every time Tom sees a piece
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