Essay on The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

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A Southern Belle Imagined
It’s been said that Tennessee Williams was very well known for the complexity of his characters in his writings. The Glass Menagerie is an intricate example of the effort that Williams puts into bringing his characters to life. Amanda Wingfield is a perfect example of Williams’s complexity. Amanda has a psychological battle within herself. Once a Southern Belle in her youth, Amanda refuses to see the realism of what her life has become. She constantly badgers at her son Tom and struggles to cope with the handicaps of her daughter Laura. Amanda chooses to withdraw from the everyday stresses of reality, but she continues to relive the fond memories of when she was in her prime. Amanda likes to relive her youth. She boasts to her children how she had many gentlemen callers lining up at her door to wisp her away on dates. “One Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain your mother received seventeen gentlemen callers! Why, sometimes there weren’t chairs enough to accommodate them all.” (Williams 926) This shows that Amanda was very proud that she had many gentlemen suitors vying for her hand. When Amanda talks about her past and how wonderful her youthful days were she becomes very giddy and childlike. It is very likely that this was the best time of her life. Amanda has a strong desire for attention, and since it was at this time she received a lot of attention from many men this may be the reason why she reminisces so much on it. Amanda’s relationship with…

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