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Eng2 Essay3-R.Draft

Eng2 Essay3-R.Draft - Goto1 Manami Goto Professor Schamp...

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Goto 1 Manami Goto Professor Schamp English 2 8 th June, 2011 Living Unpleasant Reality Relaying on Escapism “During the Great Depression, the movie industry boomed as people craved escapism and had time to burn.” (Nemko) Under the severe circumstance which the Great Depression brought, it is reasonable to think that many people refused to face the reality and somehow tried to enrich their lives barely relying on escapism. According to Oxford English Dictionary, escapism means “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.” In the Glass Menagerie, a play which is set during the Great Depression, Tennessee Williams reflects escapism in Wingfield family, Amanda, Laura, and Tom, who live in poverty, and also in Jim, who is a caller to the family. Williams explores the tragic situation of Wingfield family and Jim, who live in poverty and can not adapt to the mainstream of society but are trying to live fully through escapism; the mother, Amanda, holds to her glory days in the past, Tom, the son, reads, watches, and writes fictions, the daughter, Laura, replaces her reality with the world of glass menagerie, and Jim, a caller to the family, goes to night school to prepare for the future. Through Escapism of characters, Williams implies that people in severe situation tend to escape into the dream world avoiding reality but it only makes the situation worse unless they face reality and resolve the obstacles. Amanda evades to her brilliant days she spent in order to live in the situation of which she had no idea when she was young. On the contrary to the fact that Amanda used to be a southern belle, she lives in poor circumstances; she sells subscriptions and supports her family as single mother according to her failed marriage. She loves talking about her brilliant days in Blue Mountain as if she still lives in those days and repeats her story that she was visited by seventeen
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Goto 2 gentleman callers again and again. However, to make matters worse, the fact that she clings to the past too much makes her too blind to see what is really going on around her; she demands her daughter Laura to follow in her footstep heedless of the age and the place in which they live and without knowing who Laura really is. She expects her to have gentleman callers and asks Laura, “How many do you suppose we’re going entertain this afternoon?” (Williams 1726) but the answer is obvious even from the fact that Laura have never received any of them. In addition, since she has seen pitiful case of “unmarried woman who aren’t prepared to occupy a position,” (1729) in the South, she makes Laura go to Rubicam’s Business College. On the first day of class, Laura threw up and dropped out of school due to her introverted personality but Amanda have never noticed her dropout from school until when she stops off at the college on the way to D.A.R. meeting. This indicates Amanda’s thoughtlessness and recognition which is out of touch
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