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The play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a play in which an essential conflict between illusions and dreams for they oppose reality Williams uses a plethora of symbols to portray the key ideas and difference of dreams and reality especially those of the unicorn in Lauras glass menagerie the fire-escape and the character of Jim OConnor The three key characters Tom Amanda and Laura are trapped in circumstances which are beyond their control In order to cope with their diffculties each character creates his or her own dreams and to a varying extent lives a life of illusion in order to cope The reality is that Tom is entrapped in the family as he needed to support them Amanda is trapped by her two children and Laura is trapped by her physical defect of being cripple Yet Amandas illusions always lie with her past while Toms are related to movies and escape and for Laura her illusionary world lie with the unicorn and her glass collections Tom is the narrator and the provider for the family where he is trapped in a situation with family obligations He has to work in a dreaded job in a shoe warehouse to support the family As a result he gives up his dream of traveling or even better to be in the merchant marines to travel the world and taste excitement To further bolster his dreams of illusions of the outside world offering him excitement he craves for going to the movies because-I like adventure Adventure is something I dont have much of at work so I go to the movies In Toms statement and Amandas accusations The more you shout about my selfishness to me the quicker Ill go and I wont go to the movies and Go then Then go to the moon-you selfish dreamer symbolise a chance for Tom to escape his confinement to the apartment and his family The
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