Thomas Lanier Williams was born on February 23, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi, to Cornelius and Edwina Williams. Thomas was given the nickname Tennessee later in his life. Tennessee had a brother, Dakin, and a sister named Rose. Edwina and Rose both had forms of poor mental health. Rose was a schizophrenic who often had breakdowns. The Williams family was very wealthy, the money coming from Edwina’s side of the family. They moved to St. Louis when Tennessee was seven years old so Cornelius could become an executive for a shoe company. Though Tennessee stayed in St. Louis for several more years, he lived in sixteen different houses before he had turned fifteen years old. This made Williams a compulsive traveler in his later years.
Tennessee and his father never had a close bond. Cornelius always wanted Tennessee to be involved in sports, but Tennessee only wanted to write. His father resented the fact that Tennessee was not like his brother, Dakin. It was very apparent to others that Cornelius’s favorite child was his daughter, Rose. He knew Rose had an unstable mind, but he never wanted to admit it to himself. Unfortunately, one night Cornelius and Edwina got into fight which scared Rose. Cornelius went to Rose to try and calm her down, but she took his actions as a sexual advancement towards her. Because of this, Rose had a severe mental breakdown. Her mother made the decisio...
... middle of paper ...
... of American literature. Tennessee Williams’ talent and his story will never be forgotten. He paved a new path for those who may be facing the same struggles he did. The greatness of Tennessee Williams will live on to inspire other people in time.
About Tennessee Willianms. PBS. Web. 8 Apr. 2014.
Literacy History of America. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.
Lovelady, Cambria. "Tennessee Williams." Tennessee Williams (2005): 1. MAS Ultra
- School Edition. Web. 24 Jan. 2014.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- A man who is a great writer may only be known to some people as a man who has a creative mind and a skilled hand. People rarely see the true life of their favorite author. Plunging into the lives of other people can open a new perspective for an aspiring young writer. Tennessee William’s writing and lifestyle influenced a new age for American literature. Thomas Lanier Williams was born on February 23, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi, to Cornelius and Edwina Williams. Thomas was given the nickname Tennessee later in his life.... [tags: famous playwrights]
910 words (2.6 pages)
- Throughout American history there have been many playwrights, but one man strayed away from the staus quo and created something revolutionary. “His contributions to the American theatre are revolutionary and inestimable.” (Kolin IX). Tennesse Williams became famous due to his idea of overcoming “the norm” of the twentieth century. His personal experiences and highly rated plays gave him ultimate success in the literary world. “He is a poet because he is aware of people and of life. His perceptions are quick.... [tags: Tennessee Williams Essays]
1678 words (4.8 pages)
- Tennessee Williams' Life Story Portrayed in The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie, originated in the memory of Williams. Williams' family embodied his father, Cornelius Williams, his mother, Edwina Dakin Williams, his sister, Rose Williams, and his younger brother, Dakin Williams. Cornelius was an alcoholic, always away from home; Tennessee and Cornelius did not have a strong relationship, "By the late 1920s, mother and father were in open warfare, and both were good combatants.... [tags: The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Essays]
1246 words (3.6 pages)
- Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911. As a successful playwright, his career was greatly influenced by events in his life. He was noted for bringing the reader "a slice of his own life and the feel of southern culture", as his primary sources of inspiration were "the writers he grew up with, his family, and the South." The connection between his life and his work can be seen in several of his plays. One strong influence that is evident in Tennessee Williams' plays is his family life, which was "full of tension and despair". His father, a businessman who owned a show warehouse, was known for his gambling and drinking habits. He was often engaged with violent argume... [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
479 words (1.4 pages)
- How does an author intrigue a reader’s interest. Are all authors just embedded with the skills to capture a reader’s attention. This is a decision to be left up the reader, but, what most readers fail to acknowledge is that most authors incorporate issues faced in their own life into their works. One author that does this is Tennessee Williams. Williams’s life, to say the least, is not what people would call “picture perfect.” His drama, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” has a direct reference to his life struggles.... [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
843 words (2.4 pages)
- The most obvious symbol used in A Streetcar Named Desire is its title and the actual reference, in the play, to the streetcars named Desire and Cemeteries. They are the means by which Blanche was brought to the home of Stanley and Stella and, as the play unfolds, we realize the names of the streetcars have a greater significance. Blanche's instructions were to “take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries." When Blanche first arrives she is possessed by a desire for love and understanding, but always in the background lurks the fear of death and destruction.... [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
786 words (2.2 pages)
Tennessee Williams' Use of Dramatic Devices To Create Contrast And Conflict In "A Streetcar Named Desire"
- Tennessee Williams' Use of Dramatic Devices To Create Contrast And Conflict In "A Streetcar Named Desire" Tennessee Williams uses a number of dramatic devices to highlight the conflicting worlds of the old and new American South. These can be divided into four categories: staging, character and language, and props and costumes. I will be using these categories for reference in this essay. 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is an example of the genre 'realism'. Realism is fiction that is overtly gritty and realistic, showing real people in real situations, and also comments on the state of the world at that time.... [tags: Tennessee Williams Desire Essays]
1934 words (5.5 pages)
- 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]
732 words (2.1 pages)
- A Brother and Sister Relationship in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams In the play, "The Glass Menagerie", the characters and relationships between them are very unique. Two unique characters that have a very strong relationship are the brother Tom, and his sister, Laura. Tom is a confused, young man who supports his sister. Laura, his sister, has very low-self esteem and does nothing but sulk around the house all day. Their mother Amanda, is absolutely a lunatic. She is obsessive and controlling to her children, because she wants them to live the life she wanted to live.... [tags: Glass Menagerie Williams]
913 words (2.6 pages)
- Stella and Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire The two important female characters in the "poetic tragedy"(Adler 12), A Streetcar Named Desire, are Stella and Blanche. The most obvious comparison between Stella and Blanche is that they are sisters, but this blood relationship suggests other similarities between the two women. They are both part of the final generation of a once aristocratic but now moribund family. Both manifest a great deal of culture and sensitivity, and because of this, both seem out of place in Elysian Fields.... [tags: Streetcar Named Desire Essays Williams]
692 words (2 pages)