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Ritika Suresh Mr. Becker Academic English II 21 March 2018 The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams, follows Tom Wingfield, his mother, Amanda Wingfield, and his sister, Laura Wingfield. Walking in his old house, Tom reminisces about the life and the people he left behind many years ago. This family deals with a variety of conflicts that stem from their inability to accept reality. Instead of doing so, they live in their land of make-believe, envisioning their perfect lives based on the dreams they have for themselves. The coffin trick, the jonquils, and the glass menagerie serve as important symbols that illustrate the theme that it is often impossible to escape reality. By representing Tom’s feeling of suffocation, Amanda’s incapability of letting go of her past, and Laura’s personality, the coffin trick, the jonquils, and the glass menagerie, respectively, are a depiction of the family’s need to hide from the truth. As Tom Wingfield enters his house, he remembers the memories he made with his family: memories of his sister playing with her collection of glass animals; memories of his mother yelling and accusing him of being selfish. Tom has spent his life working hard so his

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