The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams Essay

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The Characters of The Glass Menagerie The classic play The Glass Menagerie was written by Tennessee Williams. The memory play takes place during the 1930’s Great Depression era in St. Louis, where you see the narrator Tom Wingfield walking in his old dingy apartment where he once lived with his mother Amanda Wingfield and Sister Laura Wingfield. That’s where he starts to narrate the past memories he spent with them as well as describing each of the protagonist’s characters in the play. All three protagonists are striving for something within and are and is proven by a defined certain symbol. The narrator Tom Wingfield throughout the play is clearly striving to escape the life he lives with his mother and sister with hopes of following his own dreams and aspirations of becoming a poet and ultimately live on his own terms. “Because he acknowledges that his life is frustratingly dull and confining, Tom fantasizes about the future” (Domina 1). The future of experiencing adventures and own self-fulfillment. This is clearly defined by Tom frequently standing on the apartment’s fire escape, a literal and figurative temporary escape from the confines of his daily life. “The apartment faces an alley and is entered by a fire-escape, a structure whose name is a touch of accidental poetic truth, for all of these huge buildings are always burning with the slow and implacable fires of human desperation” (Williams 752). Tom also smokes on the fire escape, removing himself from the…

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