Society As A Gilded Cage

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Society as a gilded cage refers to people living a life with boundaries. The people living this type of life don’t live life to its full potential because they feel as though there are limits to what they can do. Two examples of individuals living this type of life would be Tom from a “Glass Menagerie” and Nora from “Doll House”. Both these individuals had the opportunity to live a free life but felt as though they had limits causing them to live a restrained life. Although both individuals seemed to be complete opposites they shared similar characteristics. Tom from “Glass Menagerie” was from a dysfunctional family. He comes from a family where the father just disappeared from one day to the next leaving Tom to support his family. His sister has a bad leg, uses a brace, walks with a limp, is very shy, and most of her time goes to her collection of glass figurines. Do to all these factors she feels a sense of selflessness. The mother is completely dependent upon Tom. She relies on Tom to pay the bills, put food on the table, and even relies on him to find his sister a gentlemen caller. Tom cares for his mother and sister but at times one can tell that Tom is tired of having to support them. “Amanda:... But I won 't allow such filth brought into my house! No, no, no, no, no! Tom: House, house! Who pays rent on it, who makes a slave of himself to- (p.1169). Tom implies that he is a slave working himself to death just to support his sister, mother, and to pay rent on a house that isn 't even his. Tom hated his job and would write poetry when ever work was slow. Tom felt trapped because he felt as though his life only revolved around supporting his mother, sister, and working a job he despises. Tom would go to the movies at night in... ... middle of paper ... ...His mother is completely dependent upon him to pay the bills and work a job that he despises. Both Nora and Tom are unsatisfied with the life they are living. Nora doesn 't love her partner like she thought she did and is unhappy with the life she lives. Nora lacks knowledge of the real world and was almost trapped in the life she lived with her husband due to someone always controlling her life since she was a child. Tom despises his job, but he has to keep it in order to support his mother and sister. Tom had bigger dreams than supporting his mother and sister for the rest of his life and would watch movies in his spare time in order to seek the sense of adventure he lacked. Due to Tom having to work a job he hated and having to support his mother he felt trapped in his current life. In the end both Nora and Tom felt the best decision was to leave their families.
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