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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Throughout The Glass Menagerie Laura is presented as an extremely shy and sensitive person. This play also describes her personal fears, hopes, and dreams. Her shyness is emphasized even more by being contrasted with her mother Amanda's forceful and almost brutal nature and actions towards Laura.We clearly are made aware almost immediately of Laura's overly sensitive nature. Laura can be characterized by her loneliness, sensitivity, trapped feelings, and outcast. Laura has no gentlemen callers and feels very isolated from the rest of the world in many ways....   [tags: laura, fears, hopes, dreams]
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams - A Recollection There are many ways our past life experiences affect our actions. Every person in this world has a story and every person goes about his or her “story” differently. Tennessee Williams, a man from Mississippi, took his life experiences and his memories and chose to write stories and plays based on them. His stories were rooted from his troubled past. Tennessee Williams’ most famous play, The Glass Menagerie, has a full cast of characters extremely similar to his own family and a plot directly related to his life....   [tags: past experiences, autobiographical elements]
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Tennessee Williams lived a tragic life, similar to the type of plays he wrote. Williams was born March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi and given the name Thomas Lanier Williams, III. It wasn’t until he entered college at University of Missouri-Columbia did the journalism student obtain the name Tennessee. His college buddies gave him the name because of his southern accent. Williams portrayed the southern lifestyle in many of his plays. He lived in a dysfunctional family. Williams and his mentally ill sister were raised for the most part by their mother because his father spent so much time on the road as a traveling salesman....   [tags: Character Analysis, Laura Wingfield, Review]
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Biographical information Tennessee Williams was born on March 26, 1911. He was the second child of Edwina and Cornelius Coffin Williams. His father was a shoe salesman who spent most of his time away from home. Edwina was a “southern belle” she was snobbish and her behavior was neurotic. As a child, Williams suffered from diphtheria which almost ended his life. Williams attended Soldan High School, a setting he referred to in The Glass Menagerie. Later, he attended University City High School....   [tags: tom, amanda, and laura]
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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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The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams - Life in the 20th century, where the innocence and morality dominated the streets, should not have been easy for a writer that was unafraid to openly express his thoughts of depravity and repressed desires that dwelled in the depths of his being. Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights in American history, managed to open a place in that world of ideals to express through his work his so chaotic reality. Even though he was derided by critics and blacklisted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Spellman, who condemned one of his scripts as “revolting, deplorable, morally repellent, and offensive to Christian standards of decency” (quote), Williams achieve lots of recognitions from his so pec...   [tags: Thematic, Author, Analysis] 771 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - In The Glass Menagerie, Amanda is an over controlling mother and is trying to protect her children like any mother would but Laura and Tom depend on their mother's decision for them. For example, Just at the beginning of the play Amanda is talking to Laura and Tom about something that happened at church and while their eating dinner Amanda says “ Honey, don’t push with your fingers. If you have to push with something, the thing to push with is a crust of bread. And chew—chew. Animals have sections in their stomachs which enable them to digest food without mastication ....   [tags: amanda, tom, laura, control] 818 words
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Symbolism in "The Glass Menagerie" - Symbolism is a type of literary device authors use to add special effect and meaning to their stories. According to The American Heritage Dictionary, symbolism is “The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships (“symbolism”).” Objects, people, actions, and words often are used to symbolize a deeper meaning throughout the text of a story. As one reads a story, they must realize that each sentence they are reading could have a double meaning; this means that further thought is often necessary, on the part of the reader, to better understand the whole effect the author was trying to portray....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 2047 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - ... He removes himself from his locale and goes to the movies claiming, “I go to the movies because – I like adventure. Adventure is something I don’t have of at work, so I go to the movies” (Williams, 51). To foreshadow his escape in the final scene of the play uses the fire escape simply by, “light[ing] a cigarette and go[ing] over to the fire-escape door” (Williams, 77). In the end, the fire escape that symbolizes his yearn of escape brings him to the begin a new life as he, “ descend[s] the steps of this fire escape for a last time and followed, from then on, in my father’s footsteps, attempting to find in motion what was lost in space” (Williams, 115)....   [tags: play analysis] 876 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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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - An inability to accept one’s reality and the idea of telling a story through the memory and emotions of someone involve come into play in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. The Glass Menagerie is narrated by Tom Wingfield and tells the story of how he came to leave his mother, Amanda, and his sister, Laura. Amanda is an overbearing Southern women, stuck in the ways of the past and obsessed with finding her daughter the perfect “gentleman caller.” However, Laura is entirely anti-social and unable to cope with societal pressures, making her a tough candidate for a husband....   [tags: play and character analysis]
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Symbolism in the Glass Menagerie - In “The Glass Menagerie”, written by Tennessee Williams, symbolism is very prevalent throughout the text. Laura’s glass menagerie was the most easily identifiable symbol because of how relatable it was to the world she lived in. The fire escape was also another symbol that made its presence in the play along with the dance hall that was located just outside. The candles and rainbows mentioned also have some symbolic meaning, in my opinion, which could be left to the interpretation of the reader....   [tags: Theatre, Tennessee Williams] 1265 words
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Characterization in The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie makes use of the characters to not only show a story but to also tell a story. Characterization is how characters are represented and the ways in which this is accomplished, such as, how an author limits one’s responses, questions or observations, for instance. An author may also characterize a character through his or her gestures or speeches. The idea of characterization and how one character’s actions may enlighten audiences to issues surrounding another character is brilliantly illustrated by Williams in his The Glass Menagerie....   [tags: Tennessee Williams]
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The Glass Menagerie: An Analysis - Written in 1944, Tennessee Williams wrote a play during World War II when people were barely making ends meet. Centering on the Wingfield family, the story consisted of five characters: Amanda Wingfield (the mother), Laura Wingfield (the daughter), Tom Wingfield (son, narrator, Laura’s older brother), Jim Connor (Tom and Laura’s old acquaintance from high school) and Mr. Wingfield (father to Tom and Laura, and Amanda’s husband)- who abandoned the family long before the start of the play. The title, “The Glass Menagerie”, represented a collection of glass animals on display in the Wingfields’ home....   [tags: Analytical Essay, Tennessee Williams] 1569 words
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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - ... Having to endure the burden of raising her children alone has driven her to a state of lunacy. Amanda’s constant pushing of Laura to attend “Rubicam’s Business College”, whose anxiety disorder already prevents her from leading a normal life, illuminates Amanda’s inability to recognize the abnormalities in her children (1163). When Laura reminds her mother that she is crippled, Amanda begins to scold Laura, “[n]on-sense. Laura, I’ve told you never, never to use that word…” this gives further testimony to Amanda’s denial of her children’s defects (1165)....   [tags: abandonment of a family, story analysis]
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Tenessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - TThis essay will discuss the metaphors associated with the characters in The Glass Menagerie and how each of these metaphors represents a fragment of the American Dream. She is like a piece of her glass collection, too fragile to be brought into the real world without being devastated. Because of her sensibility, she has avoided dealing with people for so long that when she finally tries to socialise with Jim, she fails to see that she is being manipulated. Amanda is a faded Southern belle who is trying to relive her past by using her daughter to mirror her former self....   [tags: metaphors associated with the characters]
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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie - In the Glass Menagerie by Tennessee William’s, Tom narrates the story through his memories. Tom resided in a small tenement with his older, slightly crippled sister, Laura and his overbearing, audacious mother, Amanda. Tom is a young man in his mid-twenties who has had to assume the role as provider for the household. His and Laura’s father left them and their mother years ago. Their father was an alcoholic with adulterous tendencies. That left Tom no choice, but to be the man of the house. His mother though filled with good intentions, created strife among the family....   [tags: emotional and social hindrance, family disfunction]
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The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Williams - Drinks are something socially shared, a favorite past time for many individuals. For the two characters Jordan Belfort and Tom Wingfield, drinks are something they indulge in daily. The characters come from two very different forms of expression. In Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield recalls the struggles of his troubled family in St. Louis around 1937. Tom recalls the difficult times that his mother and sister go through, including the final moments when Tom leaves the two on their own so he can pursue his own artistic interests....   [tags: wolf, geek walk into a bar]
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The Glass Menagerie Criticism -             “The Glass Menagerie,” is a woeful play, plagued by a missing father, a young man walking in the very father’s footsteps, and a mother whose only life is lived in the past. There is one other unfortunate member of this dysfunctional family—Amanda’s daughter, Laura. Laura lives in a fantasy world, afraid to face the reality of her crippled destiny. She exists in a world of glass, pretty and flawless. Laura represents the glass menagerie; this is reinforced by the disjunction of the horn from the misfit unicorn which in turn represents her handicap....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 914 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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Comparison of Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie - Example: I asked Gina to accept my hand in marriage. She then smiled and as I awaited her response, her face appeared to diffuse just as leisurely as a dinner candle that is dripping its’ melting wax onto the fibers of an Egyptian, cotton tablecloth. The sentence example preceding this paragraph can be perplexing to any reader when any additional details are not given that describe the context in which this sentence has been written. Devoid of any transition in the opening sentence of this paper, the audience may not be able to discern whether the actions in the sentence are real or part of a dream or some alternate reality....   [tags: Writing Techniques, Playwrights]
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The Truth in Perception:an Exploration of The Glass Menagerie - The world is crafted through humanity’s perceptions, shaped by their shared experiences of the world, yet differentiated by each individual experience. Within The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, the ideas of overwhelming truth, individual perceptions, and the flaws of humanity are all explored. Through the various characters, with a specific focus on Tom’s narration, Williams argues that the truth is only a subjective idea that is created through the perceptions of humankind, molded through humanity’s flaws....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie as a Tragedy - Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie as a Tragedy The Glass Menagerie has, of course, been labelled as many different types of play, for one, a tragedy. At first glance it is clear that audiences today may, indeed, class it as such. However, if, looking at the traditional definition of the classification 'tragedy', one can more easily assess whether or not the Glass Menagerie fits under this title. To do this I will be using the views of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, who first defined the word 'tragedy' and in his views, a tragedy contained certain, distinctive characteristics....   [tags: Papers Tennessee Williams Menagerie Essays]
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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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The Glass Menagerie: Trapped and Going Nowhere - A miserable life vs. a fantasy life Have you ever felt trapped within the confines of your own home, or as if your life is going nowhere. In Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie, this is Tom and Laura’s exact situation. Tom feels as if he is trapped in his own home while Laura’s life seems to be heading nowhere. In this play Tom is felt the most sympathy for due to his complicated predicament of not being able to leave his house, while Laura has the least amount of sympathy felt only because she seems to be doing nothing progressive to help move her life forward....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, literary analysis] 1767 words
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Conflicts between Characters in the Glass Menagerie - The Glass Menagerie is a tale of a family caught up in their own deep struggles and sometimes selfish dreams. Throughout this memory play, the Wingfield’s struggles and conflicts lie deep within themselves, but also with each other. Laura and Tom each have profound conflicts with their mother, Amanda. What Laura wants for herself is completely different from what Amanda wants for her, as it is with Tom and Amanda. Laura’s quiet, timid life with her glass figurines greatly differs from the vivacious, successful, gentlemen- seeking life that Amanda wishes her to pursue....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 1066 words
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The Glass Menagerie: Illusions over Reality - Abandoned by her husband and left penniless, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, lived in a small alley apartment on the lower middle-class section of town with her two adult children Tom and Laura, which was far cry from Amanda’s youth during the Victorian era at Blue Mountain to her present situation of poverty and uncertainty. As a single mother, Amanda was worried about her family’s financial security along with concerns about her daughter’s lack of marital prospects; for that reason, her need to enrich her life by molding the lives of her children resulted in illusions overpowering reality that also brought out destructive illusions within herself, her son Tom...   [tags: tennessee williams] 849 words
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The Glass Menagerie - The Glass Menagerie In The Glass Menagerie there are many main symbols these are stage props, stage lighting and stage sounds. In regard to stage props the main ones are the glass menagerie, the fire escape and Mr. Wingfield’s picture. Also in terms of stage lighting the main symbols are the candles, spotlight and the moonlight. And finally the main symbols for stage sounds are the Glass menagerie music, paradise dance hall music (PDH) and Laura’s Victorola. Tennessee Williams generally uses symbolism in the play to deepen our understanding of characters and to emphasis the play’s themes....   [tags: Drama] 1804 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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The Glass Menagerie - To what extent does Williams create characters as merely symbolic representations used to teach the audience about human nature. And what other techniques does he use in the Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams uses symbolism to reveal, in depth, attributes of characters and what they represent. the play is constructed so that each character has a defining symbol which resembles their personality. Brechtian techniques also contribute to the motifs and themes of the play. We are presented a symbol straight away in the first scene which is the fire escape....   [tags: Tennessee Williams] 1670 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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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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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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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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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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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams The character of Laura Wingfield definitely showed an obvious increase of maturity level in the play, The Glass Menagerie. Laura was an extremely shy girl, it was a kind of sickness she had. Her mother sent her to Rubicam’s Business College in hopes that Laura would be able to hold a job and not have to depend on a husband....   [tags: Papers] 1094 words
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie relives the horrors of the Great Depression and the effects it had on many people's lives. The story is in many ways about the life of Tennessee Williams himself, as well as a play of fiction that he wrote. However, the story is based on Tennessee and his family's struggle to emotionally deal with the harsh realities that followed the crash of 1929 (807). He says in the beginning, "I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion" (695)....   [tags: Papers] 1915 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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Family in Williams' The Glass Menagerie - The dictionary defines a menagerie as a small collection of valuable or precious items. In Tennessee Williams' novel, The Glass Menagerie, a family is indeed shown as a menagerie and how all the members of that family have a false reality, which is made of glass and can easily break at any time. Tom's, Laura's, and Amanda's false realities are combined to form a menagerie of dreams. Tom?s mental façade is composed of pirates and films to escape regularity, Laura's, built of glass animals to take her mind from physical and mental deformities, and Amanda's, dreaming of olden days, of gentlemen callers and of beauty to escape her loss of social status....   [tags: essays research papers] 733 words
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Analyzing Fantasies in the Glass Menagerie - I agree that the `The Glass Menagerie' is definitely a play about life that is explored "through he fantasies of a crippled girl." However, more than that, it is a play about family and how they interact with each other, causing them to lead such a life. So, yes, although the plot centres on Laura, we also learn a fair amount about Amanda and Tom's life. Therefore, Williams actually explores life through the fantasies of an American family who share one main thing in common- they all have big dreams, but they are all flawed....   [tags: American Literature] 1163 words
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catcher in the rye glass menagerie - The Catcher in the Rye and The Glass Menagerie The person someone becomes is influenced by the losses they have experienced in their life. In Catcher in the Rye the main character Holden Caulfield is devastated by the loss of his younger brother Allie to leukemia. The loss of Allie never leaves Holden’s mind. It changes his perception of the world. In The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield’s husband abandons her and their two children Tom and Laura. For Amanda the only way to deal with the loss is to escape into a dream world....   [tags: essays research papers] 1141 words
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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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The Glass Menagerie - Amanda Wingfield - The Glass Menagerie - Amanda Wingfield If there is a signature character type that marks Tennessee -Williams’s dramatic work, it is undeniably that of the faded Southern belle. Amanda is a clear representative of this type. In general, a Tennessee Williams faded belle is from a prominent Southern family, has received a traditional upbringing, and has suffered a reversal of economic and social fortune at some point in her life. Like Amanda, these women all have a hard time coming to terms with their new status in society—and indeed, with modern society in general, which disregards the social distinctions that they were taught to value....   [tags: English Literature] 756 words
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Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie - Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie From the beginning, the figure of the narrator shows that Williams' play will not follow the conventions of realistic theater. The narrator breaks the conceptual "fourth wall" of naturalistic drama by addressing the audience directly. Tom also tells us that he is going to give the audience truth disguised as illusion, making the audience conscious of the illusory quality of theater. By playing with the theme of memory and its distortions, Williams is free to use music, monologues, and projected images to haunting effect....   [tags: essays research papers] 1625 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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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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Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie - Symbolism is an integral part of every play. The author uses symbolism in order to add more depth to the play. In Tennessee Williams’ play, The Glass Menagerie, he describes three separate characters, their dreams, and the harsh realities they face in a modern world. The Glass Menagerie exposes the lost dreams of a southern family and their desperate struggle to escape reality. Everyone in the play seeks refuge from their lives, attempting to escape into an imaginary world. Williams uses the fire escape as a way for the Wingfields, the protagonists of the play, to escape their real life and live an illusionary life....   [tags: Tennessee Williams] 1021 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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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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Facing Reality in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams was a confusing, astounding, and wonderful play that takes an in depth look at the complex relationships that develop between members of a family and then presents them for the audience's dissection. How did the characters in the play interact. What were the independent and dependent relationships between the characters. Perhaps most important, how did they cope with one another. That seemed to be the key question when looking at The Glass Menagerie. Each character had their own method for dealing with the others and reality, primarily by not truly dealing with them and it....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Character Analysis] 1128 words
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The Women’s Struggle for Autonomy in The Glass Menagerie and Extremities - The Women’s Struggle for Autonomy in The Glass Menagerie and Extremities In Tennesse Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and William Mastrosimone’s Extremities, both plays portrayed the women’s struggle to maintain their autonomies. Williams created a character named Amanda, who was abandoned by her husband and brought up two children and struggled with the difficulties of life. The character of Mastrosimone’s Marjorie stood up to the rapist and made him confess his crime, thus protected her autonomy and brought out justice....   [tags: Mastrosimone Williams Women Female Autonomy] 1036 words
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How Actions in The Glass Menagerie Parallel Reality - Throughout the play, Williams highlights the importance of family dynamics and interaction in regards to shaping an individual, tacitly emphasizing how the characters in The Glass Menagerie are imprisoned by their environment and situation. Williams shows that Amanda’s nostalgic remembrance of her youth, Tom’s need to escape the Wingfield apartment, and Laura’s “inferiority complex” create a schism between reality and the characters’ perceptions of reality. As the characters in the play struggle with personal wants and needs, the family dysfunction further forms an imaginary bubble around the Wingfield apartment, crafting an atmosphere filled with unrequited love, unknown abilities, and unre...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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