What Techniques Does the Author Use to Maintain the Reader’s Interest Throughout the Prescribed Text( the Glass Menagerie?

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Set in the 1930’s, in a time where hope was scarce and the depression was dominant, Tennessee William’s play, The Glass Menagerie, tells the tale of a disappointed family whose life is dull and bland. However, Tennessee Williams gives his play substance through the use of alternative techniques, and as a result the audience and reader’s of the text are left captivated and intrigued. Williams’s play is a memory play, based on his life and family, and this in effect gives it its realistic feel. In scene one of the play Williams writes, ‘The scene is memory and it is therefore non-realistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic licence. It omits some details: others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for …show more content…
While Amanda is thinking about this, the image of a young man at the door with flowers appears on the screen and the audience is shown what Amanda is thinking at this point in time without her actually saying it. Because of this the audience can then feel the excitement and suspense that comes with having a first date and wondering whether it will be a success. In scene six this can also be seen when Tom is talking about leaving the join the Merchant Marines and the image of a sailing vessel with a Jolly Roger is displayed. The screen also acts as a time shifter throughout the play and aids the transition between scenes as no actual props are moved and the setting does not change throughout the entire play.

Throughout the play music is used in much the same way as the screen is. It sets the scene and highlights the themes of the play. It also engages the audience and draws emotion from them, whether it be suspense, sadness or perhaps happiness. It also creates irony and allows for flashbacks to occur. The Wingfield family’s tenement is across from the Paradise Hall, and as a result, the music from it constantly filters through their tenement. The music from this hall represents the bright lives of those who dance there and who seem to enjoy life, in contrast to the Wingfield family whose life is dull and who will never dance there despite the fact they live only meters away.

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