The Glass Menagerie Drama Reaction Paper
The drama plot thickens once the author explains how Tom in the story took over the role as the man of the house to fill the void of his absent father. Tom has to step up and be the provider for his mother and sister in the story. Tom yearns for a better life, not because he is selfish, but because he needs “to escape from a trap he must react without pity” (Williams, 2011, p. 1246-1291) and leave his family to find a meaningful existence and detach himself from self-preservation and selfish ignorance. The tragic hero theory of “Life would be better anywhere but here” (Williams, 2011, p. 246-1291) allows the readers to understand the frustration Tom is experiencing as a provider for the family. Tom just wants a change, he is not sure what the change is he is looking for, but he is just ready to be free of the captivity of his mother and sister. Tom never expresses that he wants to escape from his family, but it is apparent that he wanted some kind of happiness just for himself. The symbol behind this play represents a way of escape between reality and illusion, for example the fire escape represents a gap between illusion and the world of reality.
Tom’s perspective of the fire escape is his ticket out of his mother Amanda, and Laura his sister. Laura was the complete opposite of Tom; she was looking for a way of fitting or connecting with people because she was so unsure of herself because of her handicap. The only thing Laura has is her collection of glass menageries that are very similar to her fragile personality can easily be broken. Society had not done anything to Laura; she set herself apart from reality and remained housed without any contact with the outside world.
The author captures sympathy from the audience as Laura is left vulnerable and broken seen in “silliness is gone and she has dignity and tragic beauty. ” “Followed, from then on, in my father’s footsteps, attempting to find in motion what was lost in space” (Williams, 2011, p. 1246-1291) shows a chaotic and paradox situation because of the father’s absence that is a significant impact because his presence is missing in Laura’s life. Amanda, Tom mother means well, but she is not very clever in her actions.
Despite Laura shyness, Amanda insists on forcing her social situations and request Tom to bring home a friend for Laura to meet. Tom brings home a friend from work and after Laura and the firned shares a kiss it is revealed that he is engaged. Once Laura informs Amanda of the friend engagement this sparks a conflict between Amanda and Tom. Tom tries to explain to Amanda and Laura he was not aware of the engagement, however, Amanda is too upset to hear him out. Amanda is wants Laura to be married or have a social life so that she can have a life of her own.
Conflict and tension between Tom, Amanda, and Laura intensifies as the author conveys sympathy as the family breaks up and the sense of guilt is within them. Tom leaves his family and finally finds he is free but at the same time feels the feeling of guilt. Tom realizes that even though he found his own personal identity that he turned his back on his family when he is everything they had. Before the story ends Tom recognizes that his leaving Amanda and Laura did not change his life or bring him any happiness. Tom’s connection with the shattering glass and Laura candles signifies “And say goodbye” (Williams, 2011, p. 246-1291) is a symbol that Tom has managed finally to remove himself from his family. Tom’s freedom is portrayed in the beginning of the play where Laura is saying goodbye. In spite the audience’s happiness when Tom is able to be free and follow his dreams, as a result sympathy is evoked as he is no longer tied to his family. This story shows the readers a story of a three family members trying to find their personal identities and remain a functional family. Each character in the story is looking to find their personal happiness but struggles to do so.
The family bond was broken up because of a lack of communication and understanding. Even after the family bond was broken, neither character still found the happiness they wanted. This story expresses that a person can exclude him or herself from his or her family and still not be happy, happiness comes from within. The story goes to show that the grass is not always greener on the other side. References: Barnet, S. , Burto, W. , & Cain, W. E. (2011). Literature for composition essays, stories, poems and plays (9th ed). pp. 1246-1291. New York: Longman.