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The play Glass Menagerie shows the contradictory life of its main character Tom Wingfield He struggles with being a hard worker a protector of his love ones and a fulfiller of his dreams Tom wishes for a sense of independence by escaping the pressures that come from his dysfunctional family life Tom needs to feel a sense of adulthood He feels like a child because his mother is constantly telling him what to do Most people grow up go to college and move out of their parents house This is considered the normal thing to do It gives young adults a sense of pride and independence Tom needs to become a man and live life for himself The Glass Menagerie is a tender poetic autobiographical play that the author Tennessee Williams based on members of his own family World Book Online It is apparent Tom is a fictionalized version of Williams and they may be similar in many ways Taking care of his family provides a sense of accomplishment he would not have otherwise Although Tom refers to himself as the bastard son of a bastard he proves his generosity through his actions Williams 80 He longs for adventure and his heart lies in writing and poetry instead of his boring dead-end job at the shoe company He has ambitions but is unable to pursue them because he doesnt want to leave his family He feels that leaving would mean hes walking in his fathers footsteps His father deserted the family years before Toms mother Amanda raised him to be a true imitation of his absent father She expected him to be charming and innocent like his father He will have to drink take pride in his appearance think of himself first and fall in love with long distances because his father did Guilt and compassion for his family keeps Tom around Tom realizes that his mother depends on his income to support herself and
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