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Looking into TomIn Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie," he depicts a family that uses deceptions and protectiveness to gain insight in their lives. The play shows how the family lives life by deceiving each other. The character of Tom Wingfield is described as a hard worker, a protector of his love ones, and a fulfiller of his adventurous dreams.In the play, the character of Tom Wingfield is a brilliant young man that is taking care of his mother and sister because of his dead-beat father that left his family alone. Tom often feels the need to be away from the pressure that is upon him at a young age because he has all the responsibility as the man of the house. Tom uses the excuses to go to the movies whenever he needs to think and get away from his over-bearing mother. I believe that Tom has a love for movies and poetry and he finds comfort in these things. "Tom haunts the movie houses to escape that life and scribble poetry in the warehouse where he works," (McHugh, 384). When Tom says that he is going to the movies in the play I believe that the author is trying to say that Tom is going to try and get comforted by thinking of something that he loves and appreciates. As an individual when a person is dealing with a vast amount of stress they need to find a stress reliever and I believe that Tom has found his stress reliever in his passion for literature artwork. Tom's trips to the movies symbolizes that he needs to escape from a world that he is not happy in or maybe he believes that he needs to follow in the footsteps of his father and escape from his family for adventure." It is far easier to understand Tom's need to escape Amanda and her smothering motherhood than it is to see the archetypal poets need to escape love and society," (Bloom 56). Tom needs to feel a sense of adulthood. He could not feel like that when he has a mother that is constantly telling him what to do. When I lived with my mom I could not wait to get out of her house and go to college to have a sense of independence. Tom needs to become a man and the only way he will become a man is to move out of his mother's house and live life for him.Tom worries about the life of his sister and his mother. Tom only tries to do things to make his mother happy but he is faced with her nagging him constantly. I think sometimes Tom does deserve the things that his mother nags him about because I feel like he is irresponsible in some ways. Tom needs to get away from the pressure and one way out is by hanging outside the house on the fire escape stairs. I think this symbolizes a way for him to relieve stress because he goes out there to smoke when his nagging mother is after him. Tom's mother is constantly comparing him to his father because Tom's father had a bad drinking problem and his mother thinks that he is going to come out the same way as his father and abandon his family. When Tom neglected to pay the light bill instead paying his union bill, I thought that was a mistake of...

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