The Glass Menagerie Background

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The Glass Menagerie Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was born and raised in Columbus Mississippi, on March 26, 1911. “Williams is famous for his many plays he has written throughout the years. Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose works include, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” (Biography.com) As a child Williams was carefree, along with his other two siblings, until his family moved to Missouri. "The carefree nature of his boyhood was stripped in his new urban home, and as a result Williams turned inward and started to write" (Biograhy.com). In 1929, Williams decided to join the University of Missouri to major in journalism. Not long after his father made him quit due …show more content…
His plays were starting to receive poor reviews and and no one was enjoying his writings anymore. Because of this Williams grew very depressed and in his way to cope he starting to heavily drink alcohol and also started to abuse drugs. In 1969 Williams and is brother got into a fight and in the end Williams ended up having to be hospitalized. On February 25, 1983 Williams was found in New York on the floor in a hotel room, surrounded by numerous pill bottles and bottles of wine dead. The Glass Menagerie is a tragedy family drama play using the son Tom Wingfield’s memories set in an apartment in St. Louis during the winter and spring of 1937, and was written between the years of 1941-1943 and published in 1945 by Random House. As an adult, he moved frequently, living in such cities as St. Louis and New York. “Many critics base their interpretation of The Glass Menagerie as autobiographical in part because of the similarities between the Wingfield family and Williams’s own.” (Galens 123-139). “Like the play’s inconsolable narrator, Tennessee (then known as Tom) worked at a shoe company while dreaming of becoming a writer. Williams’s sister Rose (the model for Laura) was extremely troubled; and most people who knew her well admitted that Edwina Williams was …show more content…
"The glass menagerie constitutes Laura 's community, for she indicates that she devotes most of her time, and implicitly her emotional energy to it." (Domina n.p.). The glass animals are like Laura’s children, she takes care of them and gets worked up whenever anything happens to them such as when her brother grew ill with their mother “with an outraged groan he tears the coat off again, splitting the shoulder of it, and hurls it across the room. It strikes against the shelf of Laura’s glass collection, and there is a tickle of shattering glass. Laura cries out as if wounded” (24). When Laura gets away from her menagerie spends most of her time wondering around town while she is suppose to be in her computer typing classes and usually “Laura spends her days walking in the park...” (Beaurline142-149) and watching other people live their normal lives while she is trapped in a world of feeling un-normal. When Jim comes for a visit him and Laura sit in the living room after the lights go out and simply just talk about her glass collection, he asks her what kinds of animals there are, how long she has had them, even if they have names. After a moment they get up and begin to dance and “they suddenly bump into the table and the glass piece on it falls to the floor”

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