Write 3 page essay on the topic Toms Character As A Modern Tragic Hero In The Glass Menagerie.
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This essay discusses that Tom Wingfield is the main character along with the narrator of this play. Tolerance, sarcasm and a sense of humor are also evident in his behavior as his mother starts telling about her suitors and callers in the past, again. Tom and Laura (his sister) listen to her patiently. Tom questions her as if he didn’t already know the answers thus using sarcasm. “How did you entertain all those gentlemen callers?…… I bet you could talk.” His caring nature shows in his expressions when his mother talks about his father – who ran away – and when Laura mentions her incapability of attracting a caller. Modern men don’t have much tolerance due to their luxurious lifestyle however they have a high sense of humor and they excessively use sarcasm. Pity is a quality man possesses today but actual care is mostly absent. Later, Tom’s hobby of writing poetry is introduced. When his mother starts checking him “You only have got one pair of eyes, got to take care of them………..Now, why can’t you sit up straight!” He loses his temper. He is sick of staying quiet and tired of the boring, monotonous routine of his everyday life “I mustn’t say anything. I’ve just got to keep quiet and let you do all the talking.” His behavior shows that he is disappointed with life. He drowns himself in alcohol and movies to bring some excitement in it. It seems as if he had great expectations from himself but his lifestyle, circumstances, and fate had hindered him. ….
“Every time you come in yelling that god damn ‘rise and shine’ , I think to myself ‘how lucky the dead people are!’” (Glass Menagerie, 2013) His actions are undetermined and non-decisive as he had given up everything he had dreamed of“… I give up everything I’ve dreamed of doing or being ever!” (Glass Menagerie, 2013)However when he gives reasons for his late night returns his creativity ignites and we hear the most amusing justifications“ … opium dance…. I’ve joined a hooligan gang… I’m a hired assassin…. dynamic Zorro of the underworld.” (Glass Menagerie, 2013) His temper is a negative trait in his personality as he forgets his manners, courtesy and grace in rage. However his attachment to his sister becomes evident from his expression of regret as he breaks Laura’s glass menagerie. It is also shown when he returns at night and presents her with a magicians scarf. He also tries to please his mother by inviting a gentleman caller to dinner as per her request. Tom’s behavior is reflected in all the struggling artists of nowadays. Bad-temper, restlessness, frustration, annoyance are common traits. Many people today also suffer from suicidal thoughts due to their disappointments in life. His thoughts are reflected in his dialogue “It don’t take much intelligence to get yourself in a nailed up coffin, but who in hell would have gotten himself out of one without removing one nail?!”(Glass Menagerie, 2013)This question represents his inner struggles. He has to shoulder his responsibilities which are like a coffin. The nails are Laura and his mother. He wonders how he can free himself and chase his dreams without hurting Laura or his mother.