| Quote #7
"Look! I’ve got no thing, no single thing…
Tom feels confined not only because of his job and position as breadwinner, but because of Amanda’s added restrictions on his life.
| Quote #8
"House, house! Who pays rent on it, who makes a slave of himself to—" (3.17, Tom).
Tom uses hyperbole to emphasize the overwhelming sense of imprisonment he feels.
| Quote #9
"What do you think I’m at? Aren’t I supposed to have any patience to reach the end of, Mother? I know, I know. It seems unimportant to you, what I’m doing – what I want to do – having a little difference between them!" (3.30, Tom).
Tom is trapped not only by his confining situation, but also by his mother’s inability to recognize his desires.