Choose a character from The Glass Menagerie and briefly describe the standards of the fictional society in which the character exisits.Please give three examples of the fictional society and also...

Choose a character from The Glass Menagerie and briefly describe the standards of the fictional society in which the character exisits.

Please give three examples of the fictional society and also show how the character is affected by and responds to those standards.

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lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The easiest character to choose for this piece is Tom! He is a direct reflection of Tennessee Williams' own life.

Tom is a gay man in a heterosexual society. He is a dreamer - a writer who is stuck in a meaningless (to him at least) job. Society, however, at this time valued hard work and doing what you needed to do to take care of your family. In other words, you were expected to work a job, earn a paycheck, pay your bills, and live life "normally" - not be a dreamer and definitely not be a homosexual.

Tom is trapped by society - and the fire escape and the movies become his escape (and the drinking as well) because he does not want to be what this society deems is acceptable. He cares about his family, so he is further confliced by his need to take care of them coupled with his desire to do something for himself. Society would say stay ome and take care of your family, but this is not what will make Tom happy or whole as an individual.

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