The Glass Menagerie Essay

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Literary Analysis: The Glass Menagerie

Many critics believe that “The Glass Menagerie” is one of Tennessee Williams finest literary pieces, and that like most of his work, it was a reflection of his own life story. Born as Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi, he lived with his loving but possessive mother and his older sister, Rose, who later suffered a mental breakdown. His father was a hard man who tended to drink too much and who was often away from home due to his job as a traveling salesman. Through most of his childhood, Mr. Williams felt like an outcast due to both his delicate health and the ridicule he received for his southern accent after his father accepted a job in St. Louis. This
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Another element of style Williams uses is figurative language which is seen throughout the play. A key factor of any story or play is the attitude that is perceived by the reader through the writer’s use of tone towards the subject matter, characters or audience. Word choice can also greatly assist in helping to create the tone of the play which may be either sentimental or distant, supportive or critical, or bleak and sarcastic as seen in this play. Tone may also be ironic as displayed in the quote from Amanda in Scene Seven “…a telephone man who—fell in love with long distance! (Williams 50).” It is ironic because she first starts by saying that she didn’t end up with a planter but a man of her own choice. Unfortunately, she chose unwisely and fell in love with someone who ended up leaving, confining her to a place of which she didn’t want to be in the first place. Another element of style is the narrative point of view, the writer must decide how his or her story will be told and more importantly by whom. A writer’s choice of either the first person narrator or third person narrator determines the point of view from which the events are presented. Williams use of the first person narrator who is also a main character helps to convince the reader of the events that are presented because the reader is more willing to believe a remark like ”Mother—you know that Laura is very different from other girls (Williams 39)” than from a third person narrator . Also,

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