Real Or Fake: Ananlysis Of The Glass Menagerie

1442 words - 6 pages

Real or Fake The meaning of Tom is "A twin" ( Tom has several double roles in The Glass Menagerie. He is the narrator of the play but also a major character. The play is a reoccurrence of what Tom has remembered from his childhood until his early adulthood. The play is not reality. It is a re-enactment of what Tom remembers from his life. So technically, since the events once happened, makes it reality. The "older Tom" tells the story to the audience of what he remembers about the past. The "younger Tom" actually acts out the scenes in the play. Tom lives in the world of illusion, trying to escape from reality. He dreams of bigger and better things for himself. Tom reads literature and writes poetry trying to dream of a more promising lifestyle. He was fired from his job due to his poetry on a shoebox lid. Other than poetry, Tom tries other ways of excluding reality by going to movies at night. He also drinks heavily. Tom doesn't like staying at home, because it drags his dreams and spirits down. He always has Amanda bitching at him about something. Amanda says to Tom, "'Honey, don't push with your fingers. If you have to push with something, the thing to push with is a crust or bread. And chew-chew! Animals have sections in their stomachs, which enable them to digest food without mastication, but human beings are supposed to chew their food before they swallow it down. Eat food leisurely, son, and really enjoy it. A well-cooked meal has lots of delicate flavors that have to be held in the mouth for appreciation. So chew your food and give your salivary glands a chance to function'" (Williams 1269). Amanda really comes down on Tom and does not let him get a word in for awhile. Amanda always has something negative to say to Tom. Tom is unhappy with the reality of his life at home, which is why he doesn't come home till late at night. Tom also pays the bills at home, and he is searching for ways to escape that. Tom can find no real way of escape from reality. When Tom watches the coffin trick he realizes that it symbolizes destruction of the family. This is something that Tom does not want to do. Tom has yet another dual action part in the play. While he is Laura's brother he also acts as the father figure to her. He cares for Laura very much. Tom comes home drunk at the beginning of scene four. Laura awakes to find him at the doorstep. She lets him in the house. She awoke because she was worried about Tom. She also cares for him very much and looks up to him. It is like she is a little girl waiting for her father to come home at night. She wants to know that he is safe. Laura was not able to sleep well she knew that he was at home and safe in the bed. Their father's picture is above the stage. Tom says his final words for that night and then his father's picture lights up. This symbolizes Tom becoming the father figure to Laura. Jim visits the Wingfield's home to have dinner one night....

Find Another Essay On Real Or Fake: Ananlysis Of The Glass Menagerie

The Themes of the Glass Menagerie

1627 words - 7 pages The Themes of the Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie is the story of the Wingfield family, Amanda, the mother, Tom, son, and Laura, daughter. The Wingfield’s story is one in which contains many underlying themes that each character experiences throughout the play. This essay will explore in depth looks at the themes, difficulty accepting reality, the impossibility of a true escape, and the unrelenting power of memory, as

True implications of the Glass Menagerie

1487 words - 6 pages The title of a book, play, short story is there to capture and project the type of storyline that is about to come. A title gives the readers an idea how the storyline will come to the end or even what the story is about. There is unknown significance to the “Glass Menagerie” at first glance; throughout the story there is an emphasis of the importance and universal capturing that is gained through Laura’s glass menageries. Not only are the glass

The Glass Menagerie: The Loss of Hope

1000 words - 4 pages We live in a world where millions of people live their daily lives relying on their family, friends, and education. But most importantly, people tend to rely on their hopes and dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and/or for their families. Hope is what drives people to obtain a better life, but sometimes this “light,” or hope, can be put out by obstacles as it was done in Tennessee Williams’ play, The Glass Menagerie. Williams

Dreams of Escape in The Glass Menagerie

2309 words - 9 pages Dreams of Escape in The Glass Menagerie   "Anyone can handle a crisis, but day-to-day living is the most trying aspect of life" (Jackson 19). This is especially true in the drama The Glass Menagerie. None of the characters in this tale is willing to or capable of living in the present. Everyday life becomes so mindless and oppressive that each character's dreams and fantasies become more important than reality itself. Through their dreams

Exploring Amanda of The Glass Menagerie

2099 words - 8 pages Exploring Amanda of The Glass Menagerie       Tennessee Williams has a gift for character. Not many playwrights do, and even fewer possess the unique ability to craft a character as paradoxical and complex as Amanda Wingfield. In The Glass Menagerie, Amanda is a very difficult character to understand because of her psychological disposition. Williams realizes this and provides the reader with a character description in hopes of making the

Illusions of Escape in The Glass Menagerie

3178 words - 13 pages Illusions of Escape in The Glass Menagerie       Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie gives readers a look into a truly dysfunctional family.  At first it could seem as if their lives are anything but normal, but Amanda's "impulse to preserve her single-parent family seems as familiar as the morning newspaper" (Presley 53).  The Wingfield's are a typical family just struggling to get by.  Their problems, however, stem from their

Symbols of escapism in the Glass Menagerie

785 words - 3 pages There are many symbols of escapism presented in the Glass Menagerie and each character has its own symbols connected to it. The characters will, however, only ever be able to escape their '2 by 4' situation for a brief moment. This essay will discuss the characters in the play and how they are linked to the symbols of escapism with reference to the play.In the play Tom becomes highly pre-occupied with the magician and his ability to escape the

The Glass Menagerie Theme of Abandonment

683 words - 3 pages The role of abandonment in The Glass Menagerie can best be described as the plot element that underlies the overall tone of despondence in the play because it emphasizes the continuous cycle of destruction and hardship that the Wingfield family experiences; indeed, abandonment in the play is a reiterative element that strips the excesses from the three main characters in the play and leaves them in their barest forms, united by a sorrowful

the glass menagerie

1300 words - 5 pages truly subjective: distorted, dreamlike or even nightmarish, and totally self-generated, a fantastic journey through the mind's inner reaches as well as the world's outer ones". (Cadullo, Bert)The Glass Menagerie is a very famous play in the American history. Tennessee Williams uses symbolism to reveal, in depth, attributes of characters and what they represent. The play is constructed so that each character has a defining symbol which resembles

The Glass Menagerie

514 words - 2 pages menagerie is a symbol of Lora's world. This interpretation is suggested since the glass menagerie is by definition incomplete and unfinished, nor does it serve a human function. Objectively, it is an artificial collection of objects. This corresponds to Lora's life, in that she has not completed school or found a husband. Since these events are a fundamental part of personal growth and maturity, the relationship between the menagerie and Lora becomes

The Glass Menagerie Analysis

699 words - 3 pages The Glass Menagerie came through in scene seven through the actions between Jim and Laura. A major theme in this play is a person who feels restrained cannot live a fulfilling, happy life. This theme mostly around Laura in the beginning portion of scene seven. Laura is restrained, or feels as though she is restrained, by her mother and because of being social impaired. Once her and Jim begin to communicate freely about their past, Laura begins

Similar Essays

Madness; Real Or Fake? Essay

1051 words - 5 pages “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness,” a quote said by the famous philosopher Aristotle. There have been times in history where madness has been faked, and many times the mad person was caught, but, it is also not impossible to fake madness. This is shown in the tragic history of Hamlet written by William Shakespeare, where the title character’s madness is definitely faked. Hamlet is a genius who uses madness to develop his

Analysis Of The Glass Menagerie

936 words - 4 pages The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, is a prime example of a classic drama, infusing powerful themes with compelling characters to draw the reader in and allow them to connect. William’s character Laura plays a large part in accomplishing this, particularly in Scene VII, when she converses with Jim. This scene is especially important to the story as a whole, and helps develop Laura’s character and the theme of conformity. This theme, that

The Opening Of Glass Menagerie Essay

899 words - 4 pages The Opening of Glass Menagerie The opening of Glass Menagerie is key in establishing themes, relationships, dramatic conventions character symbolism and style. Discuss. The opening of the play ‘Glass Menagerie’ let the audience know about various elements of the play such as themes, relationships, characters and dramatic conventions. This was done by detailed description of the setting and the narrator, Tom informing the audience

Is It Real Or Fake Essay

856 words - 4 pages confusion on how to distinguish what is real and what is fake. Often time it prevents schizophrenics from doing normal day to day work. The mind of a schizophrenic varies in severity, one moment he/she can be completely silent and the next hear voices from unreal things that lead one to panic. The cause of schizophrenia is not completely understood however, signs show schizophrenia may be caused by the interaction between genetic and environmental