Escapism Reflected in the Character of Tom Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie

  • Irwan Sumarsono Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya
  • Ima Masofa SMP Unggulan Amanatul Ummah, Surabaya
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Keywords: Escapism, Glass Menagerie, illusion, boredom, great depression


This study is a qualitative investigation of Tom Wingfield's escapism in Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie. The author employs a psychiatric perspective to examine Tom Wingfield, the main character's escapism. The Glass Menagerie was the primary source for this study, with additional information coming from books, journals of literature, and other sources on the internet. After the writer obtained the collected data, the analysis was carried out. To analyze this study, the writer used descriptive-analytic methodologies. The study concentrated on what makes Tom Wingfield an escapist and what causes him to disengage from his real environment. Tom's escapism is brought on by his boredom with life, his heavy responsibility as the family's oldest child, his lack of the freedom to shape his future, and his mother's dominance.