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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams shows the struggle of two people to fit into society Tom and Laura and how society wouldnt accept them They were the dreamers that were unjustly kept out and you may even go as far as to say persecuted into staying out and aloof like the other dreamers which are forced to become outcasts and not contribute to the actions of all Tom and Laura the two dreamers were pushed by their mom Amanda to her frame of mind and the thoughts of a hard working society They both stumbled on the fire escape which served as a gateway physically and mentally Tom had the problem of fitting in at the warehouse were he worked because is the warehouse really a place for someone like him and his mind rebelled Lastly you can see how society forced them to change and Laura to lose her status in order to fit in with Jim and thats shown by the horn breaking Tom then realizes that and leaves which causes him to change too Tennessee Williams artfully depicted this The fire escape A downtrodden red thing off the sides of buildings showing societies ineffectual escape from itself In this case it served as a passageway between the real world and the dream one that Laura and Tom were living in at home Both somehow stumbled both physically and mentally When Laura said Im all right I slipped but Im all right47 She was trying to pass to the real world to do a real job and couldnt because of societies inability to accept her and her ways She wasnt strong enough to make the trip by herself but needed the moral support of the other dreamer in the area which was Tom who came running out Tom is the one who stumbles mentally in his inability to look at the escape which would be his
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