the glass menagerie
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In my opinion, Tom is the only character better off, if that's the way you want to put it. In the beginning of the play, he feels as if he's incarcerated; when he leaves for the merchant marines he eventually come to understand that he's traded one form of incarceration for another; in the end, he realizes that he should have really been there for his sister. Unfortunately, he wasn't...... but in his final speech, he finds a form of redemption and freedom in asking for forgiveness.