• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In the Glass Menagerie, the main characters in the play seem as if they are living their worlds vicariously. Each seems to try and avoid reality and try to flee from actuality in their lives.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Literary Analysis for the Glass Menagerie In the Glass Menagerie, the main characters in the play seem as if they are living their worlds vicariously. Each seems to try and avoid reality and try to flee from actuality in their lives. In doing so, each impinge on their peers lives, and in essence ruin and tear down their own lives. In the Glass Menagerie, Tom, Amanda, and Laura retreat to their own worlds to escape the harsh reality of life, which affects their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. In Tom's life, he is fed up with his life, including his job, his peers, and his family. He is constantly being harassed by his mother and feels like she is deliberately beleaguering him. Tom feels stressed and wants a new life of adventure and feels like he needs to escape and move on to higher things. ...read more.

Middle

It's you that makes me rush through meals with your hawk like attention to every bite I take. Sickening - spoils my appetite - all this discussion of- animals' secretion - salivary glands - mastication!"(Williams 10). In Amanda's life, she is trying to cling onto past memories in her life. This is apparent and reflected through her constant flashbacks which she persistently brings up to her children. She continuously tells her daughter, Laura, how many gentleman callers she has had when she was young. She lives in her own fantasy, like her children, with the memories of her life back when she was young living in Blue Mountain. Upon bringing these memories up, it affects the characters relationship with her because they are fed up with her stories. This is true with Tom who feels utterly irritated by Amanda's stories. ...read more.

Conclusion

She is unaccustomed to the outside world and this makes her even more prone to trusting only her glass menagerie. This is shown when Jim O'Connor visits the Wingfield apartment and Laura refuses to even open the door when he arrives. She is so scared of failure and unattached to reality that she rejects even making contact with another man. Laura's shyness affects the people around her such as Tom and Jim O'Connor because he knows Laura is frail and weak, which is their only perception of her. Together these characters show exactly what it means to live a life vicariously. They can't put up with the present and each one simultaneously rejects reality and tries to escape their real lives by living it out in a fantasy. Each of these characters has their own problems and tries to deal with them individually. Tom, Amanda, and Laura retreat to their own worlds to escape the harsh reality of life, which in retrospect affects their lives and the lives of everyone else around them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Write a missing scene for a Streetcar named Desire and the Glass Menagerie

    Will you be okay to sit here for a minute? LAURA (awkwardly): okay... BLANCHE walks off into the smoky haze of the dim lit room with the man and starts to dance at the back of the room by the piano.

  2. Hedda Gabler- structure of the play and the major characters

    made a stronger connection to Thea due to her courage and creativity. Also, the metaphorical "child" they created together serves to be a point of friction within Hedda's life, and this can be seen in Act II, where Hedda burns the manuscript and takes great joy in killing this metaphorical "child".

  1. Hamlet Journal - rewriting key passages from the play

    Horatio could o to the king and have Hamlet killed. But Hamlet trusts Horatio and Horatio is a loyal friend and would never turn on Hamlet. He is not Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who turned on Hamlet and pledged their allegiance to the king.

  2. Written task SCENE EIGHT This scene happens five ...

    She cannot take too much, she is afraid of everything. This is why I am here today. I want to release myself, to see how mother and Laura are going, I wish to help Laura. Tom arranges his collar, then his merchant marine hat.

  1. Fasting, Feasting by Anita Dessai. Description of the main Characters

    This gives Papa new meaning for living. Papa invests all his time and much money into achieving the best education and opportunities for his son, Arun, while the daughters are merely maintained until they become of marriageable age. Most of Papa's interactions with Uma are of frustration and impatience due

  2. Lorca's House of Bernarda Alba and William's Glass Menagerie

    Don't quote instinct to me! Instinct is something that people have got away from! It belongs to animals! Christian adults don't want it" (Williams 34). Instead, Amanda points out, that Christian adults are supposed to pursue those superior, spiritual things instead of being driven by their animalistic instinct.

  1. All The World's A Stage - Analysis. All the worlds a stage by William ...

    Shakespeare emphasizes the concept of transformation and development of human beings to imply the predicable steps of life, but also indicates that there is a cycle which brings you back to where you started. People make their first entrance onto the stage as infants, but from the moment they make their appearance, their role is set.

  2. Annotations for Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

    Only two conditions racing become legal again. One, tracks had to use the pari-mutuel wagering machine instead of the bookmakers. Two, wagering would be heavily taxed. Charles Howard went on the look for the best trainer. Connections- The town of Tijuana reminds me of Las Vegas, which is also known as Sin City.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work