Nightly disappearance of Tom

Question: Comment on the Nightly disappearance of Tom.


The play actually depicts the harsh picture of the Wingfield family. All the members of this family are suffering from frustration and depression. Tom, the narrator of the play, as well as the victim of a cruel life. He often disappeared at night and went somewhere.

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Tom is faded up with his imprisoned and boring life. He often searches for a chance to have some leisure. All-day, he works at the Continental Shoemakers workshop and goes to the movies, as he says, at night. His frustration can be clearly showed in his lines-

“How lucky dead people are!”

Though it is not clear that he goes to the cinema or somewhere else. Critics have different opinions about his nightly disappearance from the movies. Some state that he goes out around night time to investigate the city’s gay world. And some say that he spends his nights to meet his sexual needs.

The text does not give a firm sign of where he used to go through his nights. The later conversation of his dissatisfaction with films proposes that he goes out to see the movies in any event part of the time. In spite of the fact that he never denies rightfully that he is going to someplace other than the films, and with the audience, he never inclined to the question of whether he truly goes out to see the pictures.

He arrives home at five in the morning when it appears to be impossible that a film would simply be finishing; his outrage at being questioned doesn’t assist with revealing insight into the issue. He would be angry on the off chance that he had something to conceal.

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Some critics have said that Tom’s nightly disappearance often refers to Tennessee Williams’ youth. The play is in some regards autobiographical and Tom works as Williams’ proxy.

S Ridoy Kumar
S Ridoy Kumar
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