English II Honors
29 April 2014
Deeper Meaning of Tom’s American Dream
The “Glass Menagerie” a play of memory, looks back and preserves the life of one of the main characters Tom Wingfield. Tom is a man in his mid-twenties who takes care of his mother Amanda and sister Laura, while trying to accomplish the American Dream. The American Dream was extremely important during this time period, because one’s fate and success didn’t rely on their social status but was depended on how hard and how much they worked. The American Dream was an opportunity for many immigrants to be successful, “For the more than 20 million immigrants who came to ...view middle of the document...
" (Williams 58). Tom doesn’t wants a life without his mother so he can take care of just himself and life the life that he wants. He has a dream of joining the Merchant Marines so he can go on his own adventure and life a more exciting life. Tom pays for the Merchant Marines and causes the lights to go out in the houses; this is another incident to show the selfishness of his character because he is only thinking about himself. Tom decides to follow the life of his father and abandon Amanda and Laura, but compared to his father Tom has done worse because now there is no man to take care of his family but Tom doesn’t care and still leaves. This is an effect the American Dream has on people, because it causes characters like Tom to become selfish and only to be interested in money and not his own family.
The American Dream is very important to Tom and he gets a simple job like working in a factory to take care of his mom and sister even though he wishes to be in the Merchant Marines. Tom would do anything not to work in the warehouse, “You think I'm in love with Continental Shoemakers? You think that I want to spend fifty-five years down there in that - celotex interior! with-fluorescent-tubes! Look! I'd rather somebody packed up a crowbar and battered out my brains-than go back mornings!” (Williams 34).
He works for his family but can’t stand coming home to his mom and her complaining to him everyday. Tom is focused on himself and happiness and wants to reach the American Dream with making money, having his dream job, and taking care of just himself. Tom wants to have the life of Jim, a guy he works with that Tom gets hope of success from.
Tom knows he doesn’t do a good job working in the factory and wants to go off and have his dream job so he can accomplish the American Dream. Tom similarly to men all across America have jobs that they may not desire but keep because they know that their jobs will help them reach the American Dream.
Tom’s ultimate goal in this novel is to have happiness and he is...