dare to dream Essay

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Dare to Dream The play “The Glass Menagerie” shows the contradictory life of the main character, Tom Wingfield. Tom struggles with being a hard worker, a protector of his family, and a fulfiller of his dreams. Tom wishes to escape his dysfunctional family life and gain some sense of independence. He needs to feel a sense of adulthood. At times, Tom still feels like a child because his mother, Amanda still tells him what to do. He needs to feel more like man and less like a child. Tom also needs to make the dreams that he has for his life become realities. Tom is leading a contradictory life but nonetheless, he is a dreamer who dreams of doing more with his life. Tom is the man of the house and he must work everyday to support the family. He absolutely hates his job and knows that he can be doing so much more with his life. “I’m starting to boil inside. I know I seem dreamy, but inside-well, I’m boiling! Whenever I pick up a shoe, I shudder a little thinking how short life is and what I am doing! Whatever that means, I know it doesn’t mean shoes-except for something to wear on a travelers feet” (1753). This shows Toms irritation towards his job and just how unhappy it makes him. He knows that making shoes isn’t what he’s meant to do. He dreams of doing more. It is uncertain as to what exactly he wants to do with his life but all we know is that he doesn’t want to be working at the shoe factory. Amanda and Tom never quite see eye to eye. They argue constantly. One of the things she always says to Tom is that he is selfish. This enrages Tom because he is the Smyth 2 only one going out and making money for the family. He doesn’t understand how that is selfish. Tom is sick of it, and he says, ..Every time you come in yelling that ‘Rise and shine! Rise and shine!’ I say to myself ‘How lucky dead people are!’ But I get up. I go! For sixty-five dollars a

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