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The first symbol of escape presented in the first scene is the fire escape in itself The fire escape represents the passage between the world of illusory and the world of reality However each character is going through the passage in a different direction For Tom the fire escape allows him an opportunity to get out of the apartment and away from his irritating mother It is an escape out of Amanda and Lauras illusive world and into reality Amanda sees the fire escape as an opportunity to have gentlemen callers come in Unlike Tom or Amanda Laura sees the fire escape as a way to get into her world and a way to escape from reality Overall it is a symbol of the passage from freedom to being trapped in a life of desperation Toms longing to leave the apartment and jump into the life of reality is again seen in his habit of frequently going to the movies The reason he goes to the movies is because he seeks adventure As a poet he understood the longing for romance and exploration movies were his adventurous fulfillment Amanda thought that Tom went to the movies too much but the more she nagged him the more he needed his movie escapes The movies took Tom to another world for a while where mothers and sisters and runaway fathers did not exist Another symbol lies directly across the street from the Wingfield apartment the dance hall The Paradise Dance Hall represents something completely opposite of the Wingfield family Life for the Wingfields is as far from paradise as it could possibly be hence the total anomaly in the name Laura appears to find comfort in playing the same records repetitively The music floating up to the apartment from the dance hall could represent her escape As Tom does by going to the movies as Laura does through her music and as Amanda
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