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D3Ou - Ou 1 Po-Ting Ou Professor Schamp English 2 Escape...

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Po-Ting Ou Professor Schamp English 2 June 08, 2011 Escape from the Real World According to the online Oxford English Dictionary explanation, escapism means “The tendency to seek, or the practice of seeking, distraction from what normally has to be endured”. The Glass Menagerie is written by Tennessee Williams as a famous American playwright and the background of the story is in the American society of 1930s, “The scene is memory and is therefore non-realistic”. It describes the transforming relationships of four main characters including the mother, Amada who is abandoned by her husband, the daughter, Laura who is lack of confidence because of her disability, the son, Tom who desires seeking his dream but is suffered in the difficulty of family, and a short term passenger showing up in Wingfield family, Jim, who deserts Laura’s love. The play centers on their inner contradictions with the status quo of their real life. All of the four characters evade reality and escape their responsibilities on different extent. These four people feel frustrated and stuck in their real life. They gradually develop their own dream worlds. In their dreams, they feel satisfaction, comfort, or relief which they cannot find in the real world. The four main characters’ inner hearts as the glass menagerie are afraid of its fragility and have conflicts with the real life so that they evade facing its existence and indulge in the pleasure way which makes they feel better. However, to escape as far as they can or as long as they can, their regrets still come along in the memory of their life. Tom wingfield, the young man who carries on economic support of his family Ou 1
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works under the social class. “This is our father who left us a long time ago” (Scene1), the only heritage of Tom’s father is poverty and so Tom is the only hope, who needs to take lots of responsibilities and has to sacrifice his pursuit and dream to support his mother and sister, as he self says “But I get up. I go! For sixty-five dollars a month I give up all that I dream of doing and being ever!”(Scene3). This is Tom’s real world. He is not remorseless to take over his father’s duty; however, the real fact is his abandonment of his mother and sister following his father’s trace eventually. Since Tom could not find enough adventure from the warehouse work, he seeks adventure from watching movie and writing poems. When his mother asks why he always goes to movies, he says “I like a lot of adventure” (Scene4). He writes poems during the break of the work and watches movies in the night. He also becomes a member of “The Union of Merchant Seamen” (Scene6) to prepare to move. It is very
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