The Glass Menagerie

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  • The Glass Menagerie

    The Glass Menagerie is one the plays that Tennessee Williams is most known for. This story takes place with a gentlemen by the name of Tom reflecting back on his memories of his sister Laura and his mother Amanda. We watch as this story unfolds and how each of these characters interact with each other while they try to work though many personal and social problems. By exploring a few literary elements such as theme, symbol and characterization, you as the reader can understand the depth of each character in this memory play. Escaping and dealing reality is one of the main personal and social problems each character faces while being the overall theme of this play. Tom the narrator, often dreams of leaving his family to travel and pursue writing.…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Symbolism

    dream. Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie presents three incomparable worlds: dream, reality and memory. The members of the Wingfield family in The Glass Menagerie hide from the reality and choose to live in a dream or a memory. Williams conveys that each character have their own dreams with are ruined by the real world. The whole Wingfield family chooses to live in a dream or a memory and disregards the thought of present. Through the use of symbolism and illusion Williams provides a…

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  • Amanda In The Glass Menagerie

    The Glass Menagerie One of the many aspects of The Glass Menagerie that fascinates readers, is that it relies so heavily on memory while exaggerating the emotional value of events that take plays throughout the play itself. The word ‘nonrealistic’ is repeated several times in its stage directions solely to highlight the fact that it isn’t supposed to be depicted as actual reality. A character that represents the fantasy element of the play is Amanda, who is arguably the antagonist of the play…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Analysis

    As a slight cripple, she shies away from the world, hiding among glass unicorns and other figurines, and listening to her phonograph records. The real world unnerves her, deeming her unable to even handle typing class at Rubicam’s Business College. She couldn’t even type from nerves, her hands jittering across the keys. And when she tried to take her speed typing test, she vomited on the floor, and almost had to be carried to the washroom. While she was supposed to be in class, Laura simply…

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  • Escape In The Glass Menagerie

    “You know it didn’t take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in the hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail?” Asks Tom Wingfield in the play “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee William. Tom is already making excuses for his weak decision to abandon his family and run away to the Merchant Marines. In Tom’s eyes he cannot escape his “2 by 4” situation without removing a few nails, like his elderly mother and his disabled sister. Tom’s…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Background

    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.” ( As a child Williams was carefree, along with his other two siblings, until his family moved to Missouri. "The carefree nature of his…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Literary Analysis

    in the shattering of a part of Laura's glass menagerie. During their fight, Tom expresses his unhappiness with his life and his desire to start a new one for himself. Nonetheless, Tom can not leave due to his emotional ties to Laura. He does not know how to go and find his happiness without hurting her. As the fight comes to a conclusion, Tom storms out of the room, accidentally smashing Laura's glass collection in the process. Instantly, “Laura cries out as if wounded” (Williams 24). She is…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Literary Criticism

    pieces’ is The Glass Menagerie. In The Glass Menagerie, the author Tennessee Williams explains the dreams and realities that the four main characters one endured in the modern day world. “The setting—a run-down tenement in St. Louis ” (Als) is in the Depression- Era. The constant conflict is this story is slowly ripping the loving family apart. Williams uses different symbols and marker to convey and portray him theme. The incapability of the characters living in the present era is another way…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Symbolism Analysis

    "The Glass Menagerie." Tom Wingfield is the narrator and a major character in “The Glass Menagerie”. Through the Tom’s perception, the reader gets a glance into the life of his family; his mother, a Southern belle clinging to the past; his sister, a young woman who’s too fragile to function in normal society; and himself, a struggling, young poet working at a warehouse to provide for his family. Williams has managed to create a momentous play symbolism. Williams uses symbolism to reveal, in…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Identity Analysis

    spiritually and financially, Williams began writing plays, many of which have a crafted resemblance to his own childhood (Bray). The Glass Menagerie, an expressionist play set during the Great Depression, underscores the emotional tension existing between the three members of the Wingfield Family: the mother Amanda, daughter Laura, and son Tom. Amanda, due to her obsession with her past, latches onto the emotionally and physically handicapped Laura and subsequently forces Tom to find Laura a…

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