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Escape from Reality in The Glass Menagerie - Escape From Reality In Tennessee Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie, each character attempt to escape the real world by creating his or her own "reality." The play involves three main characters each of whom feels trapped and imagines different ways of escape. One of the main characters, Tom Wingfield, is trapped in the apartment where he lives with his nagging mother. Williams describes the apartment as "One of those vast hive-like conglomerations of cellular living units that flower as warty growths....and are symptomatic of the impulse of the largest and fundamently enslaved section of American society" (s.d.1)....   [tags: American Literature] 334 words
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Symbols and Symbolism Essay - The Symbolic Stage in The Glass Menagerie - The Symbolic Stage in The Glass Menagerie The symbolic stage properties in The Glass Menagerie reinforces the theme of escaping reality. Lack of a Father leaves Tom the responsibility of caring for the family. The responsibility acquired by Tom causes him to lack a normal life full of decisions and adventure. Instead, Tom is bound to his family by guilt and emotion. The only way Tom can feel that he is living the life he deserves is by escaping reality. The fire escape, the only chance for survival in a burning building of crisis situation....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 364 words
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Free Essays - Escape from Reality in The Glass Menagerie - Escape from Reality in The Glass Menagerie In life we face many obstacles in which we must deal with in order to move on. Many times we unattach ourselves from reality in order to keep our hopes up. In The Glass Menagerie, every character but that of Jim O'Connor experiences a loss of reality due to the difficult situation they live in. To some degree, Jim also does but he is the most realistic character in the play. We as human beings always seem to look back on our youth as the "glory days" of our lives....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 366 words
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Catalysts In ?A View From The Bridge? And ?The Glass Menagerie? - Just as in science, a catalyst speeds up the rate of the chemical reaction; in literature, a catalyst is a person, idea or event that initiates and develops the conflict of the story. In “A View from the Bridge” and “The Glass Menagerie”, the catalysts used are introduced at different points in the plays and play different roles. In “ A View from the Bridge”, Rodolpho, the catalyst, is introduced in the exposition, and plays a major role in the play. He initiates the conflict by being attracted to Catherine, and by the fact that Catherine is attracted to him as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 386 words
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The Glass Menagerie - The play the Glass Menagerie supports the theme of illusions. A menagerie, a zoo, refers to a group of inhuman creatures. Since the creatures are glass, they are very fragile and not real. The title specifically refers to Laura’s collection of glass animals mainly horses. To escape the harshness of reality, Laura spends hours playing with the menagerie; this is an imaginary world for her. It is not only Laura, it is all of the Wingfields, they are all fragile enough to break easily. They burn with the slow and impeccable fires of human desperation....   [tags: essays research papers] 389 words
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Glass Menagerie - Laura and Her Ways Laura is a woman who has reached the body of a full adult, but she has yet to gain the brain and thought process of an adult. Laura is a woman that lives in her own dream world, and is not motivated by what is going on in the real world. She is a woman that fails to grow mentally as she does physically. Laura is very shy around people, especially around strangers or someone she likes such as Jim. Jim is a friend of Laura’s brother who is invited to dinner one night....   [tags: essays research papers] 403 words
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Free Glass Menagerie Essays: Escape Symbolism - Escape Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie If we take a look at the different symbols used throughout the play, I think that the most important one when it comes to escape is the fire escape. It is in the center from the very beginning, when Tom makes his opening addressing to the audience from it. To understand the role of the fire escape one has to see that it serves a different purpose for each of the characters. In general we can say that it represents the borderline between freedom and imprisonment....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 415 words
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Amanda in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Characters, like the fruit that make a tree a fruit tree make a play, a novel, or even a sit-com. A characters personality can determine what path a story line might travel, or be used to guide a story down the correct path. Characters traits can also be called upon to give a story depth and meaning. Traits can be used to take away form the story or used to bring the story out like a bright shade of lip liner brings out a set of lips. I would like to look at the traits both good and bad, of Amanda in Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie....   [tags: The Glass Menageie Essays] 428 words
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Glass Menagerie - ?The Glass Menagerie. In the ?The Glass Menagerie?, two themes are used so that the characters can deal with their painful facts of life. ?Illusion. and ?Escape. are the two themes which all the characters use. Tom Wingfield uses both of these themes to try and live a good happy life. Tom is capable of maintaining a life outside of his home, at his job, and going out of town. Tom is not a business man, he prefers more of a literature and reading environment to sustain his fantasies....   [tags: essays research papers] 437 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Within the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, there is a significant use of symbolism. One of the foremost uses of symbolism is seen through the character of Laura Wingfield, and her collection of glass animal figurines. Throughout the play, Laura's collection of glass ornaments is constantly referenced. Because she is crippled and suffers from extreme social anxiety, Laura is portrayed as living in a private world, which is populated by these glass animals....   [tags: Papers] 455 words
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Broken Glass - Broken Glass The Glass Menagerie refers to the fragile world of dreams, and illusion. Within the play Williams uses characters who face solitary struggles in an emotionally, physically, and financially starved surrounding. During the course of the play, a glass unicorn gets broken, symbolizing the fragile nature of a dream world. It's more than coincidental that the play's title refers to the collection of glass animals that belongs to Laura. The title of the play gives symbolism to the lives of Tom, Laura, and Amanda....   [tags: Essays Papers] 466 words
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The Unicorn Figurine in The Glass Menageie by Tennessee Williams - In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, the glass figurine of the unicorn plays an inherently important role as a representation of Laura's self esteem. The collection of glass figurines is used by Laura to escape from the dangers of the outside world. The unicorn is the central piece to her collection and is important because it directly symbolizes Laura. The unicorn represents Laura's obsession with her handicap and also represents the uniqueness in her character. As the play develops, the fracture of the unicorn's horn represents a change in Laura's perspective of self and also gives a reason to why she parts with the figurine in the end....   [tags: The Glass Menageie Essays] 479 words
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Free Glass Menagerie Essays: Realism - The Realistic Feel of The Glass Menagerie Tom Williams in the play The Glass Menagerie writes about a time when his family struggles.  Many people can relate their problems one way or another with Williams.  Though the play had a very realistic feel to it, many people enjoy fairytale endings. The play is very well written, but I would change the ending.   The ending was depressing.   The whole family worked so hard on preparing for the gentleman caller.  Amanda, Tom's mother completely redecorated their home and picked out beautiful clothes for Laura and herself.  The whole play led up to this moment, of Laura meeting a nice gentleman caller.  Conveniently it was the boy she had a crush...   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 485 words
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The Glass Menagerie - Glass Menagerie is a collection of fragile glass animal figurines. Fragile is the word which describes the family in the story. From the mother which sees no reality with a cripple daughter that she sees beautiful to a son that wants out but is also Amanda’s sole provider. The daughter is such that fragile is to harsh a word. Her life buried in glass animals and a victrola, she is a fragile as that unicorn that breaks in scene four. Tom is full of contradiction. On the one hand, he reads literature, writes poetry, and dreams of escape, adventure, and higher things....   [tags: essays research papers] 495 words
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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - A Dysfunctional Family Families are supposed to be there for each other and what have you. The families of today are more or less normal, but in the book The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams the Wingfield family is very dysfunctional. What makes this family dysfunctional are the members of it, such as Amanda, Tom, and Laura. Amanda was a very talkative mother. Amanda Wingfield was how the book called her, “A little woman of great but confused vitality clinging frantically to another time and place.” (p....   [tags: essays research papers] 498 words
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Essay on Escape Mechanisms in The Glass Menagerie - Escape Mechanisms in The Glass Menagerie      In Tennessee Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie, each character attempts to escape the real world by creating their own “reality”. Laura hides from the world by magnifying her illness. Tom convinces himself that his needs supersede the needs of his family. Amanda focuses almost exclusively on the past - when she saw herself as a desirable southern belle. Even Jim focus his hopes on recapturing his good old high school days. Each character transposes their difficult situations into shadows of the truth....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays]
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The Wingfields in The Glass Menagerie - Amanda Wingfield is the overly-doting mother of Laura and Tom. She had been deserted by her husband. Amanda is a lonely woman who lives only for her children and wants to see them prosper in life. Laura is the elder of Amanda's children. She is a slightly crippled, shy and nervous individual. Laura lives in her world of glass animals and feels as though she is ill-equipped to face the world. Tom is Amanda's son and the narrator of the play. He loves going to the movies. Tom is torn between his poetic inclinations and the responsibility of supporting a deserving mother and an elder, unmarried sister....   [tags: American Literature] 526 words
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Comparing Amanda Wingfield and Blanche DuBois of The Glass Menagerie and The Streetcar Named Desire - Faded Southern belle, disconnected from reality, and living in their former glory. One would think it was a mid-life crisis but for two women for Tennessee Williams’s pieces of work, “The Glass Menagerie” and “The Streetcar Named Desire”, it’s their everyday lives. This description I described earlier was of both Amanda Wingfield and Blanche DuBois. These women believe that there was no room for failure. In “The Glass Menagerie”, Amanda did all she could to control her children's lives. She sends Tom to work to support the family and she tries to live her life through Lauren....   [tags: literary analysis, character analysis] 542 words
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The Loss of the Unicorn's Horn in The Glass Menagerie - Topic: Discuss the significance of the breaking of the unicorn's horn. Why does Laura give Jim the broken unicorn as a souvenir. "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams is a play which is believed to be part of his real life. As the image of Williams's sister Rose, who is interested in glass animals, Laura also has a glass collection. In the play, the glass menagerie itself is pregnant with significance and symbolism. The breaking of the glass unicorn's horn, Laura's favorite one, symbolizes the shattering of her illusions in life....   [tags: Tennessee Williams] 543 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - In Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie”, Laura, which is the daughter, is a very fragile character. Laura has a glass menagerie, which is a collection of glass animals. She is very timid and shy. She seems like a flat character most of the play. She is very different from her family. Her brother is the outgoing and independent one. Her mother is very opinionated and definitely speaks her mind. Laura is much like her glass menagerie, she is fragile, unique, and transparent. Laura is a very fragile person....   [tags: fragile character, laura] 549 words
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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - Tom Wingfield, the narrator as well as a main character, appears at the beginning to explain that this play is made up of memories, and as such, it will seem unrealistic in some respects. He introduces himself, his mother Amanda, his sister Laura, and the photograph of his long-absent father. He also tells that audience about the most realistic character, Jim, who will be Laura's gentleman caller. The play is set in the 1930's in St. Louis where his family lived in a shabby apartment that looked just like the ones surrounding it....   [tags: essays research papers] 549 words
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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - First of all, I liked the way that The Glass Menagerie was not specifically dated. What I mean by this, is even though the play was written in the forties, today we (people in general), can still relate to some of the issues in it. Like take for example the disability issue. Laura was so self conscious of her disability, but in reality, people did not really even notice. This is how society in general treats people with disabilities today - the same as everyone else. I also liked the development of Laura's character over the course of the plot....   [tags: essays research papers] 558 words
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Comparing Reality and Illusion in Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, and A Raisin in the Sun - Reality vs. Illusion in The Glass Menagerie, The Death of a Salesman, and A Raisin in the Sun       All three stories are centered on lower income families in urban settings. Each story has one main dreamer with other characters being in various states of reality. Amanda Wingfield, Willy Loman, and Walter Lee Younger are all living on pipe dreams. Amanda dreams of her days on the front porch surrounded by her gentleman callers. Willy is the all time king of pipe dreams bouncing from past to future with imagining how everything would have been different if he had gone to Alaska (or Africa) with his brother Ben or will be different when Howard makes him showroom salesman at the home...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 562 words
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Essay on Tom in The Glass Menagerie - The Character of Tom in The Glass Menagerie   Tom Wingfield has a dual role in The Glass Menagerie. The first Tom is the narrator, who introduces his second self, the character. In his fifth soliloquy, Tom the narrator indicates that time has detached him from the drama, "for time is the longest distance between two places" (Williams 1568). In the closing soliloquy Tom recounts how he lives and re-lives the story in his memory, though he is detached from the participants in the original affair....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays]
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Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams *No Works Cited In Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie; Williams used symbols to represent the reoccurring theme of the failure to accept reality. The use of the fire escape, Tom's constant visits to the movies, Jim O'Connor("the common man"),and Laura's collection of glass animals were the main symbols Williams used to achieve the escape of the characters into their own realms. Often people try to find small objects to distract them from the reality of the world....   [tags: Papers] 595 words
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Escaping Reality in "The Glass Menagerie" - In Tennessee Williams's play, The Glass Menagerie, he reflects upon the economic status and desperation of an American family living in St. Louis during the 1930s. Williams portrays three characters: Amanda Wingfield, the disappointed mother; Tom, the narrator and trapped son; and Laura, the crippled daughter. Williams compares the Wingfield apartment to "one of those vast hive-like conglomerations of cellular living-units..." a reminder to each character of the harsh reality of their life (epilogue.1972)....   [tags: American Literature] 598 words
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Woman´s Role in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - ... At the time, women had been oppressed and deemed incapable to do anything other than birth and raise children. Men treated their wives as property, rather than treating them as partners. The belief that women weren’t “biologically predisposed to do as well in science,” (Barnett) led them to focus on feminine activities, such as teaching, cooking, and raising a family. It also forced women to focus on maintaining their beauty, the one good attribute they were born with and were able to have control over....   [tags: positions, husbands, society] 599 words
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Characters in The Glass Menagerie - Characters in The Glass Menagerie Of the three main characters in Tennessee Williams’s ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Amanda is set to appear as the most dominant and in control. As the mother of the family unit the audience expects her to hold some kind of responsibility over her children as well as providing for them. The idea of the sense of duty she has for Tom and Laura’s future still remains even when the audience discover that the person financially supporting the Wingfields is actually Tom. Amanda Wingfield is in many ways like most parents....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Essays] 614 words
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Analysis of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - ... Being abandoned by her husband was too much of insolence to her. She constantly fantasizes about her past and youth. Meanwhile, Laura has been a failure in life, in school and hasn’t accomplished anything at all. In The Glass Menagerie, the difference between appearance and reality creates an ironic gap in the play. All three of the characters find themselves in a deep hole of depression vulnerability. However, they pretend to be happy and content with their lives each one in their own way attempt to create this facade to conceal their true realities....   [tags: illusions, character, reality, appearance, gap] 614 words
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Free Glass Menagerie Essays: Parallels to Williams' Life and Symbolism - The Glass Menagerie:  Parallels to Williams' Life and Use of Symbolism The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a touching play about the lost dreams of a southern family and their struggle to escape reality. The play is a memory play and therefore very poetic in mood, setting, and dialogue. Tom Wingfield serves as the narrator as well as a character in the play. Tom lives with his Southern belle mother, Amanda, and his painfully shy sister, Laura. The action of the play revolves around Amanda's search to find Laura a "gentleman caller....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie] 627 words
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Characters in "The Glass Menagerie" and "The Red Badge of Courage" - Teenagers, it is the state which is in-between kids and adults. This unstable state is a period of changing; from small to big, short to long, shallow to deep, everything changes so fast that their selves can not handle them at all. This story is well explained about Henry (teenager) becoming more mature by experiencing real hardship of war. Through out the story, Henry’s immaturity showed very clearly. Especially when he talks about his fantasy wars and heroes, it seems like he is a kid. He dreams about things that are unrealistic....   [tags: Character Analysis] 627 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - ... He believes leaving will allow him to get rid of obstacles. One of his struggles is his mom’s criticisms. She always tells him what to do and gets in fights with Tom because she cannot forget about the past issues. He also feels trapped by his job. Tom works in a warehouse just for his family but does not want to live like this forever. He wants to do what his father did and be released from his restraints, but he is unable to. Each time Tom is about to leave, he comes back home. He states, “You say self—self’s all I ever think of....   [tags: tom´s attachment, troubles] 629 words
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Parallel Themes in the Plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun - In the plays The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun, both tried to soak up the dreams they all had envisioned. The hardships of life and trying to get that dream can be a struggle. In both plays reality was a major factor of disrupting them from pushing towards it. In a Raisin in the Sun it was Prejudice and being black people. In The Glass Menagerie it was probably Laura the disabled sister and daughter. The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the sun are similar in ways of how they live and differences in generation....   [tags: Williams, Hansberry, compare, contrast] 630 words
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Free Glass Menagerie Essays: Relationship Between Jim and Laura - Glass Menagerie: Relationship Between Jim and Laura In high school, Jim was basically your all around nice guy. He was friendly to everyone, and an example of this is that he called Laura "Blue Roses". He was being friendly when he nicknamed her that, but otherwise they didn't really talk to each other. That was basically under the only circumstances that they actually talked. The only reason that Jim asked Laura what was the matter in the first place, was because she was out of school for a long time and he was just a little concerned like anyone that is your all around nice and friendly type of person would do....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 635 words
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Fantasy and Imagination in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Fantasy and Imagination in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie: Wingfields are alike in terms of their imagination Every character exists in their own little world in which they indulge themselves in whether it is real or just a fantasy. In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, everyone in the play allows for their imagination to run wild. The contrast is shocking when they withdraw from there because the differences in their appearance, personality and behavior transform drastically....   [tags: Papers] 643 words
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Role of the Characters in The Glass Menagerie - Role of the Characters in The Glass Menagerie All of the characters in The Glass Menagerie have specific symbols in the play representing themselves. Some of the symbols for Tom are the Merchant Marine and the magician’s nailed coffin, while Amanda’s are the yellow dress and her membership to the Daughters of the American Revolution and some of Laura’s are the unicorn and blue roses. Tennessee Williams play has a simple face but the meanings behind the countless and increasingly complex symbols make the play enjoyable the tenth time read....   [tags: Papers] 651 words
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Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. -- Albert Einstein. The most important theme in The Glass Menagerie is the difficulty people have in accepting and relating to reality. As a result of their inability to overcome this difficulty, the characters withdraw into a private world of illusion to find the comfort they can’t find in real life. Out of the three Wingfield family members, Laura probably is the one living furthest away from reality....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 651 words
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The Glass Menagerie - The Glass Menagerie Abuse that begins during early childhood is very detrimental to the one being abused. The child is just beginning to learn who they are as a person. Children who are abused or made fun of often feel that they are unworthy and have little or no power and that the bullies are superior and have all the power. They often grow into depressed teenagers. In addition, many of the children abused or tormented of lose all hope and become abusers themselves. Sometimes a mental disability is developed....   [tags: Papers] 655 words
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Tennessee Williams and His Message in "The Glass Menagerie" - The Glass Menagerie is an eposidic play written by Tennesse Williams reflecting the economic status and desperation of the American people in the 30s.He portrays three different characters going through these hardships of the real world,and choosing different ways to escape it.Amanada,the mother,escapes to the memories of the youth;Tom watches the movies to provide him with the adventure he lacks in his life;and laura runs to her glass menagerie. In the first scene,Tennessee gives a physical desciption of the setting.It is the Wingfields appartement,hive like,cellular,automatism,all these adjectives mirror the pressure under which all these characters live in....   [tags: American Literature] 681 words
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The Fantasy World of The Glass Menagerie - The Fantasy World of The Glass Menagerie In The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams creates a world in which the characters are disillusioned by the present. Amanda, Tom, and Laura achieve this disillusionment by resorting to separate worlds where they can find sanctuary. Each character develops their own world, far away from reality. Amanda frees herself from the harsh realities of life by constantly reminding herself of the past. To begin with, she continuously repeats the story of the "one Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain" when she received seventeen gentlemen callers (1195)....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 682 words
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Glass Menagerie - The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie, written in 1945 by Tennessee Williams, remains today as a great literary masterpiece. Williams gave unimaginable depth and uniqueness to each of his characters. Even though the play was written in the mid-forties it is timeless, in that the problems and troubles of the characters can be related to life today, more than 50 years later. The Glass Menagerie is a great play with a central theme of escape and many symbols to support this theme. In the following I will give a brief summary and discuss the theme....   [tags: essays research papers] 690 words
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Escape from Reality in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Escape from Reality in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams The Characters' Escape From Reality in The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams centers around a dream of escape. Although everyone wants to escape from a different reality, they all feel that need to get away. The father is the most successful in his escape because he never has to deal with anything at home. He actually leaves and doesn't look back. As for the other four: Laura, Amanda, Tom, and Jim, they seem to be stuck throughout the play....   [tags: Papers] 690 words
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The Working in Man in Tennessee Williams´ The Glass Menagerie - ... Without a man like Tom to help her, Amanda and Laura would be hopeless. Following the standards of naturalism, Amanda reacts accordingly, and teaches her children to behave like members of the upper class. She strictly enforces proper manners; the importance of a well-rounded education, and the décor in her home is simulating value. In her regard, upper class members are often treated better, and she wants her children to act finer in order to coincide with the naturalistic belief of “Survival of the Fittest.” Amanda’s son Tom is the man of the house, he supports the family financially, and they cannot subsist without him....   [tags: finance, children, raise, husband] 691 words
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The Glass Menagerie - The Glass Menagerie Symbolism is a major aspect in Tennessee William's famous play, "The Glass Menagerie." On the surface, the short slice of life story seems to be simple. However, if the reader digs deeper they will find that there are several symbols that give the play a deeper meaning. Each character defines each symbol in a different way. There are some very noticeable symbols that can be analyzed when studying "The Glass Menagerie." The first is the actual glass menagerie that represents the fragility of the Wingfield's dreamlike existence....   [tags: Essays Papers] 699 words
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Free Glass Menagerie Essays: The Character of Tom Wingfield - The Character of Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie   Tom Wingfield is a determined young man. He has decided against everyone else in his family's wishes that he wants to leave the dismal life of a factory job, to pursue a chance in the Merchant Marines. He realizes that he would be running off like his father and this is probably the only thing that kept him from leaving this long. Amanda, Tom's mother, deep down knows the day is coming that Tom will leave. She says "But not till there's someone to take your place." She wants Laura, if not herself to be taken care of....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 701 words
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Comparing the Life of Tennessee Williams and Glass Menagerie - Parallels in the Life of Tennessee Williams and The Glass Menagerie     Tennessee Williams is one the major writers of the mid-twentieth century. His work includes the plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. One theme of The Glass Menagerie is that hopeful aspirations are followed by inevitable disappointments. This theme is common throughout all of Williams' work and throughout his own life as well. It is shown through the use of symbols and characters.   "I have only one major theme for my work, which is the destructive impact of society on the sensitive non-conformist individual (Williams Netscape)." Symbols help to show the dreams and desires that the characters lon...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Imagined Lives in The Glass Menagerie - Imagined Lives in The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie is representative of how modern home life is perceive in many modern works of literature. The home is broken, and each family member survives only because of their dreams, which lie in a fantastic world. Amanda, Tom, and Laura's fantasies significantly affect how they interact with each other, and foreshadow the type of disappointment that each character faces at the end of this tragedy. Amanda, while living in the Depression, is still caught up in her youth....   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays] 706 words
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Glass Menagerie - Compare & Contrast Essay The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams contained well-characterized characters. The "Dead Poet’s Society" also contained a great set of characters that were similar to those in The Glass Menagerie. It is fair to say that the characters of The Glass Menagerie and the characters of "Dead Poet’s Society" are more similar than different. Both stories had no main characters; therefore it was easy to distinguish similarities and differences between them....   [tags: essays research papers] 713 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Broken Dreams In the 1930s, the people of America only wanted to believe that there was something bigger for them to still achieve. It was the time of the Great Depression and holding onto their dreams helped people survive. The idea of the American Dream itself included wealth, freedom, power and overall success. The American Dream believes that equal opportunity is available to all American to become successful. In the time of the Great Depression, so many people who believed in this Dream, also believed that money and materials could buy them happiness....   [tags: broken dreams, play analysis]
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Symbols and Symbolism in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - Symbols and Symbolism in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie   The Glass Menagerie illustrates how Tennessee Williams incorporates symbols to help express the central theme of the play. One of the recurring symbols, apparent throughout the play, is that of the "glass menagerie" - symbolic of Laura herself. Another symbol for Laura is the glass unicorn. Still another symbol is that of the picture of the father - symbolic of freedom. These symbols play an important part in the development of the plot, as well as the theme of the play....   [tags: Glass Menagerie Essays Williams]
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