Evaluate the argument that Tom is as much of an escapist as Laura and Amanda.

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(Note to editors:  I know this should be moved to The Glass Menagerie but it freezes up my computer -- please move it for me)

  The term "escapist" is a little technical for the Wingfield family.  Amanda is "escaping" from today's world back to the younger days she remembers as a Southern belle (even her memories, however, are exaggerated).  Laura is "escaping" from her "pleurisy" into the fantasy world of her menagerie.  Tom is truly trying to escape his stultified life as a warehouseman, and from his mother's constructed fantasy world.  He finds his escape in movies ("I like a lot of adventure") and in a poetic sensibility.  The play finally gets him escaped, for a huge price -- but his father, too, "fell in love with long distance."  The main difference with Tom's escapism is that he truly has something to escape from in the real world; his  "prison" is real.

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