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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  • Glass Menagerie Symbolism

    Authors uses symbolism to display a deeper idea about the topic. It shows how a character can be represented as in a story. In the play, Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, there are three characters: Tom, Amanda and Laura. Each of them have their own objects that symbolizes them as the play goes on. Throughout the play, Tom has been wanting to escape from home and be away from the family. Laura is a shy girl, and her mother, Amanda, has been seeking for a gentleman caller for her, but…

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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 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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  • Glass Menagerie Allusions

    In The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams gives the name “Wingfield” to the main characters, implying a symbolic idea, also presented through an abundance of bird references throughout the acts. These allusions are used to distinguish internal and external conflicts of each character, as well as their traits and futures. Each character has unique traits that are expressed through references to the avian. Through allusions to the bird, Tom allows us to characterize his mother, Amanda. On…

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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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  • Glass Menagerie Essay

    Our group’s version of the glass menagerie is set in the 1940s, the time it was originally created to be set in. However, our director, Allison, offered up the idea of taking a more liberal approach to the costume designs. She also wanted to put a modern spin on all aspects of the show (costuming included). In order to dress Amanda in a way that would fit this vision, I made her clothes classy, elegant, and a tad revealing, albeit cheaply made. All of her outfits are the less expensive…

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  • The Glass Menagerie Economics

    Prompt #8 The Glass Menagerie 1. How do economic circumstances affect the actions of Tom, Laura, and Amanda? Tom: The way economic circumstances affected Tom is that he seems to be the only two of the three member in the family to earn money. It is clear that they’re not in a great financial situation and Tom is doing what he can to earn money in a shoe factory. However, you can tell that Tom is not happy being in the shoe factory. When he seems to be home, he always look so tired and just…

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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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