Summary Of The Glass Menagerie

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams was a memory play written in 1941. The small cast of characters included Amanda, a southern belle who still lives in the past of her younger days. Tom, the dedicated son who took over his father’s role as the man of the house once his father left. Laura the timid, shy daughter who with a mild physical defect lived a self-induced secluded life and the one gentleman caller Jim, who later in the play we find out that he was not really a caller for Laura at all. Amanda Wingfield is definitely stuck in the past of her youth. She recounts her younger days with gentlemen callers and how she dazzled them with her charm and beauty. Amanda is unquestionably enamored with her younger self. She repeatedly narrates…show more content…
I think the Glass Menagerie should be the main character in the play even though they are not living beings. The story really was about these fragile pieces that took on meanings of their own. When Laura sits and polishes them she gets lost in their world. Laura’s favorite figurine was the unicorn. She had many horses but this one stood out from the rest of them. Metaphorically this unicorn could be her. It’s Fragile and unique much like herself. It is not like the others. The unicorn could also represent her high school crush Jim. He didn’t make fun of her like maybe she felt others did. He was unique and beautiful in her mind as the unicorn. When the unicorn was broken, he no longer was distinctive.. Jim eventually told Laura that he was engaged and would not be pursuing her as a suiter. He was now the broken…show more content…
I would love to see a production of this in person. I think the element of spectacle would bring the story to life in ways just reading the side directions did not. When I was in High school my parents and I would go to small productions on Fort Stewart called Dinner and a play. They were so enjoyable. We also went to Shakespeare in the park at Forsyth Park annually. Shakespeare’s “Mid-summer nights dream” was my most memorable. Sometimes watching what was not the main focus of the plays, the characters out of focus of the main screen sometimes could give hints of what was actually going on in the dialog. The stage set, the lighting and props all tell a tale all on their
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