Dreams vs. Reality
As the world turns, some people look around and imagine life as a dream world. Others look at the world as it is....the world of reality. The imagination allows people to find an escape from reality to cope with the problems faced each day. The play "The Glass Menagerie" written by Thomas Lanier Williams, posses different aspects of how the Wingfields escape into their own little happy place. The author expresses escapism in the form of wishful thinking, imaginary fantasies, and life in a home away from home.
Several different people always look at others and assume they have the perfect life. Williams shows how Laura is far from having that perfect life. "In the eyes of other strangers she's terribly shy and lives in a world of her own and those things make her seem a little peculiar to people outside the house." (Pg. 1592)This quote shows how Laura is somewhat different from the people around her.
So she uses her glass collection to fill the void in her life that her loneliness has created. "I'll just imagine he had an operation. The horn was removed to make him feel less freakish! Now he will feel more at home with the other horses the ones that don't have horns." (Pg. 1611)
This passage posses logic and truth in Laura's life. She escapes from a life with no friends into a world with many of them. These friends are from her glass collection.
All through the play Amanda desires a better life for her children. As life takes its course, it never occurs the way others would like it to. God wants the best for His
children, and Amanda wants the best for hers."I'll tell you what I wished for on the moon. Success and happiness
for my precious children." (Pg. 1588) Amanda feels that if she wishes for her dream world now, maybe eventually she might be able to escape from this reality and make her wishes reality. As the play continues, Amanda escapes back to her memories as a young woman."One Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain your mother received seventeen gentlemen callers! Why sometimes there weren't enough chairs to accommodate them all." (Pg. 1588)This quote shows how Amanda still looks back on memories and dreams from her yester years. This is her favorite place to go when the real world no longer makes sense.Many persons in this world always feel that running away from their problems is
the best way to get rid of them. In the play, Tom has become an expert on running away from his problems. But the truth is, he always digs himself deeper."Tom fishes in his pockets for his door key, removing a motley assortment of articles in the search including a shower of movie tickets and an empty bottle." (Pg. 1580)In the play, Tom uses drinking as a tool to escape from most of his problems. As the story continues Tom constantly talks about escaping from his life at home. In the end,
Tom finally finds a place to settle down and start all over again without his mother and sister."Go then! Go to the moon you selfish dreamer....I didn't go to the moon. I went much further, for time is the longest distance between two places." (Pg. 1617) When Tom finally set out to start a whole new life, he thought he would wind up leaving
behind the heartache, and carry the good memories. But at the end, he decided to return home. When he did everything came back to him, he realized that nothing had changed,
however, nothing would ever be the same again. After reading the play I began to imagine my dream world, and I compared it to the world that I am living in now. I began to realize what Williams was trying to express in his play. The more I thought about it, I could see the fine line drawn between life in the clouds and the life down below. Most people do not realize that they cannot run
from their fears and problems. If you do not face them they will grow bigger and bigger until you have no choice but to face them. The bigger they get, the harder they will be to resolve. I think that is the main idea that Thomas Williams was trying to get across. Trying to escape from your problems is never the answer. You have to face