Real Or Fake: Ananlysis Of The Glass Menagerie

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Real or Fake The meaning of Tom is "A twin" (www.babynames.com/V5/index.php). 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....

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