?The Glass Menagerie?
In the ?The Glass Menagerie?, two themes are used so that the characters
can deal with their painful facts of life. ?Illusion? and ?Escape? are the two themes which
all the characters use. Tom Wingfield uses both of these themes to try and live a good
happy life. Tom is capable of maintaining a life outside of his home, at his job, and
going out of town. Tom is not a business man, he prefers more of a literature and
reading environment to sustain his fantasies. Amanda Wingfield is another character that
uses illusion and escape to deal with the painful facts of life also.
The Wingfields are distinguished and tied together by their similarly weak
relationships to reality. However, the illusions to which they concede are not exclusively a
characteristic of theirs. The outside world is just as open to illusion. Tom also finds
illusion in the movies he watches, Tom think?s that other viewers at the movies he
attends are substituting on-screen adventure for real-life adventure, which fullfils his
illusion rather than real life. Amanda’s relationship to illusion is the most complicated in
the play. Unlike her children, she is partial into the real world values and longs for social
and financial success. Yet her attachment to these values is exactly what prevents her from
perceiving a number of truths about her life. Amanda’s retreat into illusion is in many
ways more pathetic than her children’s, because it is not a willful constructive imagination,
but instead a wistful distortion of reality.
Tom shows ?escape? because of not having a father, In the beginning of
the movie, The Merchant Marine Service and the fire escape outside the apartment, haunts
Tom. The play takes an unclear attitude toward the moral implications and even the
effectiveness of Tom’s escape. As an able bodied young man, he is locked into his life not
by outside factors but by emotional ones. By his loyalty to and maybe even love for Laura
and Amanda. Escape for Tom means the restrain and denial of these emotions in himself,
and it means doing great harm to his mother and sister. Tom’s escape leads him not to
freedom but to the life of a fugitive.
In conclusion, ?illusion? and ?escape? are the two most important themes
that are used in the movie and book ?The Glass Menagerie?. However, people who want
to use it, should be their problem and we should just analyze it as a human characteristic.
The Glass Menagerie identifies the conquest of reality by illusion as a huge and growing
aspect of the human condition in its time.
?The Glass Menagerie?