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Jin Young Ahn English 2 Professor Schamp June 8, 2011 Is Escapism Only A Temporary Fix? As we live life on planet Earth, we experience a lot of difficulties and try to escape our reality by playing video games, taking vacations, and buying things to temporarily expand our happiness. However there are some people who take a vacation to an extreme measure, such as taking out a loan that one cannot afford to buy something to fulfill their desires or to show off to friends about how rich they are. For example, someone who earns $500 a month buys a $60,000 Mercedes Benz but in reality, they are not able to pay back the loan. While they are temporarily in bliss and content with their new car, they are only digging their hole of frustration deeper and deeper. In the end, they are not able to pay back the car loan and end up ruining their credit score, and potentially risk their property all for a temporary fix. According to the Oxford Online Dictionary, escapism is defined as an activity, a form of entertainment, etc. that helps one avoid or forget unpleasant or boring things. In The Glass Menagerie , the main characters in this story use escapism in order to try to escape their reality by doing things out of their abilities and limits. Amanda, the mother of a family whose husband left her, Laura, the daughter of Amanda who is physically handicapped, Tom, the son of Amanda who works full-time to support his entire family, and Jim, Tom’s coworker all try to escape reality by going above and beyond their
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necessary means to temporarily patch the wounds of their past. In The Glass Menagerie
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