This loss of innocence occurs for the nation - Tom tells us that the dancers could not have known what was coming, and he makes yet another allusion to the carnage of Guernica, which by the time of writing had become a symbol for the violence in which their entire world would soon be enmeshed. She proposes a swap; Tom's freedom in exchange for a husband for Laura. Thus, the shattered glass seems to represent Laura's shattered inner feelings. Tom describes the music that emanates from the hall, and the rainbow colored lights that are visible from the fire escape. But who in hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail? Amanda asks Tom to bring home a gentleman from the warehouse to introduce to Laura, and as he leaves the apartment, Tom reluctantly agrees. Amanda says that she has caught Laura crying because Laura believes Tom is unhappy and that he goes out every night to escape the apartment.
He goes to night school, believes in self-improvement, and has great ambitions. Amanda seems somewhat shaken by Tom's misgivings, but she regains her optimism and calls Laura to come out to the fire escape. As a church bell tolls five times, Tom stumbles up the fire escape and into the apartment, visibly drunk. She refuses to allow Tom to refer to Laura as crippled. Sinks back down again, scratches his head, clears his throat again.
Figure it out and you will be astounded at what you could save. Paradise, from this perspective, is not a thing lost and receding into the past, but is rather a thing that might be gained in the future. Louis soon, and that his family doesn't know about his plans. Tom turns to the audience and tells about the Paradise Dance Hall across the alley and how adventure was to be found in other parts of the world. He works at the warehouse? All the world was waiting for bombardments! This and the unsteadiness of his advance make it evident that he has been drinking. GradeSaver, 15 September 2008 Web. However, they jostle into the table they had put the unicorn on, and knock it over, breaking the horn off.
The doorbell rings and Amanda attempts to get Laura to open the door, but she's terrified and insists that she cannot. Amanda and Tom are united in their love for Laura: she is the emotional core holding both the family and the play together. He's covered with freckles and hasn't too much of a now. To meet your sister, and what do I know about his character? Amanda joins Tom on the landing. He encourages Tom to enroll in some night classes, but Tom is uninterested.
Working backwards, it is easy to associate Tom's wistfulness towards the colored lights of Paradise Dance Hall with his sublimated homosexuality. Then vitality and optimism return and she turns from the door. He had been the class president, a basketball star, and the lead in all of the yearly light operas. Amanda exhorts Tom to overcome selfishness. We can't have a gentleman caller in a pigsty! Amanda is projecting both her own past and her dreams for the future onto Laura. How much would that amount to in a month? Thus if Amanda is the type to look upon the novels of D. She exhorts him to eat, but he refuses everything except for black coffee, implying that he is hungover.
That's the tragedy of it. I didn't let on that we had dark ulterior motives. Then the orchestra played a waltz or a tango, something that had a slow and sensuous rhythm. Eat a bowl of Purina! You look so pretty when your hair is combed! Amanda's life story, as she tells it, includes both kinds of Paradise: she longs for the idyllic world of her youth and her seventeen gentleman callers, and she longs for a future fairy-tale ending for her daughter. When the music from the dance hall starts up, Jim asks her to dance with him. And finally, he kisses her, but it's immediately clear that he regrets doing it. She wants to polish her wedding silver, and put chintz covers on the furniture.
It has a sophisticated, society background. Fearful for Laura's future, Amanda tells Tom that he can leave if he can find a replacement - a gentleman caller for Laura, who will eventually marry her and provide for her. The dance hall, because it is being described as a memory, creates a sense of loss due to the passage of time. Tom returns to pick up the glass but is unable to utter a word. Scene five opens with tom reading the paper while Amanda and Laura clean the kitchen.
Further support for the argument that Tom is gay can be found by retrofitting Williams' later associations with these symbols into the earlier play. Tom warns her that Jim does not know that he has been invited specifically to meet Laura, stating that he offered Jim only a simple, unqualified invitation to dinner. But the wonderfullest trick of all was the coffin trick. He also emphasizes that he doesn't know about Mr. Tom tells her that he has found a gentleman caller for Laura, and that he will be coming over for dinner the next night.
GradeSaver, 15 September 2008 Web. Despite the lessons from Amanda's own unhappy marriage, Amanda imagines that her daughter will be the princess of a Cinderella story. Amanda feels that she suffers and struggles for the sake of her children, and that her efforts go unappreciated by Tom. They reminisce a little, and the subject Laura's leg braces comes up. We have to wear something, don't we? She just drifts along doing nothing.