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Kunmin Lu English 2 Instructor: Jutta Schamp Essay#3 On October 24 th , 1929 was well known as Black Thursday, on that day Wall Street crashed; hence, in the subsequent years, the United States economy brought to its trough, and people’s lives could be unbearable. Moreover, all the traditional values were gone in one night. The Great Depression and the following World War II led fragmentation of many families. The modern society became brutal, and people merely had little to sustain their lives. Therefore, they escaped the reality and lived in their own little fantasy world. These people’s behavior is called escapism. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English in English Dictionaries & Thesauruses escapism is a noun that means the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy. “The Glass Menagerie” was written by Tennessee Williams during the tough time of the century. The plots in the play are very similar to those of the playwright’s experiences. The four major characters are downright escapisms as Amanda sinks in her glorious girlhood past, Tom seeks his adventures in boring life, Laura lives with her crystal and breakable glass animals, and Jim keeps reinforcing himself with new knowledge in order to have a better working position in his future. Amanda is abandoned by her husband, and she needs to keep this family together; therefore, she puts all her hopes on the shoulder of the children’s. During the harsh Great Depression this family lives in a small apartment where is “one of those vast hive-like conglomerations of cellular living-unites that flower as warty growths in overcrowded urban centers of lower middle-class populations. Since the father left the
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family, Amanda has to work extra hard to sell magazines to raise two children by her own. However, it is never enough to feed four persons. She persuades her son Tom to work in a shoe warehouse where he doesn’t like to get sixty five dollars more per month. She puts too much pressure on Tom to be the man of the family. Tom breaks her heart when he shows her the signs of following his father’s steps to leave this family. Amanda also wishes her daughter Laura will find a gentleman caller and have a nice family of her own since she couldn’t provide her a complete family. However, Laura is lack of confidence and believes “we’re [they’re] going to receive any [gentleman callers].” (Williams 1726) In addition, she is different “in the eyes of others----strangers---she’s terribly shy and lives in a world of her own and those things make her seem a little peculiar to people outside of the house.” (Williams
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