The Glass Menagerie Escape Analysis

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The Escape “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams is a play about desire to escape and this concept is conveyed through a variety of techniques and ideas shown in this play of exploration by the playwright, Tom Wingfield. First, Jim tries to escape his engagement by having a romantic night with Laura. Then, Tom’s father escapes for the same reasons Tom did. Thirdly, according to Roger Boxill from ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Amanda escapes by reminiscing “Blue Mountain ... And the seventeen gentleman callers.” Fourthly, Laura escapes with romance, going for walks, her “Glass Menagerie, stomach pain, and the broken horn from the unicorn. Finally, Tom escapes by traveling, going to the movies, magic shows, and hanging out on the fire escape…show more content…
When Jim O’Connor came for dinner Laura’s stomach also turn because Jim was the first person she had ever like and when they were talking she had evened remembered the first time he called her “blue roses.” Hence ‘the glass menagerie’ is used to escape reality, real world and her avidness as it is Laura’s desire to. Laura has a habit to try and avoid people because of how shy she is. Perhaps, Laura has a phobia of people and that is why she always drops out and her best friends are her glass collection? This is effective as it helps convey the idea of ‘to have the desire to escape’ (Cardullo). When Laura’s mother Amanda found out that she dropped out of school for being shy Amanda asked Laura were she goes and Laura said, “I went in the art museum and the bird-houses at the zoo. I visited the penguins every day! Sometimes I did without lunch and went to the movies. Lately I’ve been spending most of my afternoon in the jewel-box, that big glass-house where they raised tropical flowers” (Williams). Boxill said that “Laura as the predestined spinster with a lost love.” This is said because Laura never stopped liking Jim. When Jim came in the room she instantly remembered the past. Eventually Jim went to go talk to Laura and remembered that she was the girl that was quiet and came late every day and Laura remembered what days they saw each…show more content…
Amanda is a loving mother, but her meddling and nagging are hard to live with for Tom, who is a grown man and who earns the wages that support the entire family. Hence Tom being free shows that he has the desire to escape their relationship. Tom also hates his job, but “his drinking and film-going” allowed him some freedom (Clinton). Only escape comes from his frequent visits to the movies, but his nightly disappearance anger and baffles Amanda. Because his only escape is in the form of entertainment, in this instance the ‘thing’ to escape from is ‘reality’ (Smith-Howard and Heintzelman). Because Tom has a difficult time doing his job and troubles his relationship with Amanda, escaping reality can bring ‘joy’ and ‘freedom’-perhaps this ‘freedom’ could be in the form of following his father and venture off into the world and escape his troubles (Smith-Howard and Heintzelman). Tom seems to like hanging around the fire escape. The fire escape, perhaps is a source of escape since he arrives home late and the moon is up when he gets home. Tom goes there to smoke and as the narrator, talks while near the fire escape. During the Depression years Tom worked in the “warehouse of the International Shoe Company” (Williams). As said before Tom hated his job because there was not excitement and his mother got him that job (Williams). As a result, Tom felt enchained and wanted to be set free.
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