How do the ideas of escape and disillusionment come out in some of the stories in Miguel Street?

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In Miguel Street, the story about Bogart illustrates the idea of escape. Bogart is unable to father a child by his Tunapuna wife so he finds a means to escape this difficulty. He goes elsewhere, meets another woman and successfully impregnates. Once he has achieved his goal of proving his virility, he may return to Miguel Street although he returns as a bigamist, illustrating the duality of reward and cost of escape.

Disillusionment is illustrated in several stories about Miguel Street. B. Wordsworth is disillusioned with his hopes of becoming a poet and so he leaves Miguel Street in sorrow. Big Foot experiences disillusionment in his identity when it is discovered that he is actually a coward. In shame he leaves Miguel Street.