When Jim came over for dinner, Amanda wears the "girlish frock of yellowed voile with a blue silk sash" that she wore on the day she met her husband (1222).Amanda obsesses with the past, and at the same time damaging the children psychologically.
Therefore, he finds it through writing poetry and watching movies.
When business is slow at the shoe warehouse, Tom goes to the washroom to work on his poetry.
How does the fire escape function as a symbol to reveal something about each character's personality?
What are the similarities between Tom and his father?
Therefore, he leaves Amanda and Laura for the Merchant Marines, a place where he can live out his dreams for adventure.
However, he cannot forget Laura, "I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be! Laura痴 problem, according to Jim, is her "inferiority complex" (1237).Tom finds adventure in poetry because he is able to create and control his own world.Along with poetry, Tom retreats to the movies every evening to fulfill his adventurous nature.Constant allusions to the past have psychologically affected Tom and Laura, trapping them into Amanda痴 lost world.Tom and Laura fail to survive in the present because they are always trying to live through the past.Each character develops their own world, far away from reality.Amanda frees herself from the harsh realities of life by constantly reminding herself of the past.Adventure is something I don稚 have much of at work, so I go to the movies"(1210).Tom痴 obsessions with adventure leaves him no time or energy to concentrate on his present responsibilities at work.All these simulated worlds that the characters retreat to, leave them unprotected from the reality of the world.Being unprepared, Amanda, Tom, and Laura are tragically lost in their own dream worlds, far away from the present.