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Takahashi 1 Yuka Takahashi Professor Shamp English 2 8 th of June 2011 Escapism in The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie is a four-character play by the American author Tennessee Williams that deals with significant themes related to reality and the power of memory as a major roadblock in a person's attempt to resort to escapism in order to deal with life's demands and problems. Many critics have pointed out that the characters' difficulty in accepting their reality is among the most prominent and urgent themes of the play. Each member of the Wingfield family is unable to overcome this dilemma and withdraws as a result into a private world of illusion and dreams where he or she is finally able to find the sense of comfort and meaning that were hard to locate and grasp in the real external world. This process of seclusion and withdrawal into a personally constructed and dream based reality is also known in literature as escapism. According to the online Oxford Dictionary, escapism is the "tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy". In other words, an individual opts for indulging in daydreaming and fantasy to avoid the harsh daily routine. Escapism is indeed a major theme in The Glass Menagerie . In fact, this theme is used by the author to drive the play forward. None of the four characters, including Laura, Amanda, Tom, and Jim are incapable of living in the real world and use in consequence different methods to escape the brutalities of life. For instance, Laura retreats into a world
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Takahashi 2 constructed around glass animals and old records while Amanda becomes obsessed with living in the past. Tom uses on the other hand poetry, writing, and movies to push himself away. This desire to live in a different time and/or place is thus clearly sparked by dissatisfaction with the present. In short, The Glass Menagerie is an intricate drama work which highlights through symbols and motifs as the fire escape, the dance hall, the glass unicorn, Tom's inevitable departure, contemporary technology such as the radio and television, and the absence of Mr. Wingfield how reasons as tribulation, a sense of inferiority, and disappointment can push an individual to seek a new life in a fantasy world. Amanda Wingfield escapes from her reality as a result of a sense of tribulation
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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