Theme Of Entrapment In The Glass Menagerie

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a memory play surrounding the life of Tom Wingfield and his struggle with the feeling of unfulfillment. From first glance, The Glass Menagerie is a play about a family that just does not get along, which is quite normal for most families. Further examination of this book shows that each of these characters are coping with their tragic lives in different ways. The pursuit of happiness is what influences these characters in their decision making. The one element that stops these characters from obtaining happiness is the fact that they are family and family is the only thing they have left. But what is the point of living when people do not have anything to live for? Tennessee Williams uses symbolism, characterization, and setting to create the theme of entrapment. The symbolism of the moon represents the freedom and escape the characters are chasing. Tom steadily chases his hopes and dreams of finally leaving home just like his father did long ago. Earlier in the book, the whole Wingfield family is staring at the moon and they confess all their dreams for the future. Then, at the end of the play, Tom finally leaves the house and becomes free of the burden of his family. Tom says at the end of the play, “I didn 't go to the moon I went much further” (Williams 68). The moon is where Tom primarily wished for his freedom to run off and find adventure. The moon in this show is only visible from outside the house which shows

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