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"The Glass Menagerie"

- The Glass Menagerie is what it states itself to be: “a memory play”. And, “being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic” (Williams 5). In the very beginning of the play, it claims an air of foggy illusion- smeared on the windows of time and the narrator’s memory. The mystic undertones of Menagerie is essentially a tension in between the view of moving forward yet the truth of moving backward, suspended in between the realms of dream and destiny, balanced perfectly in the stop of time (“Symbol” 145)....   [tags: Theater]

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The Glass Menagerie

- Tennessee Williams’s character Amanda Wingfield, in The Glass Menagerie, is a bold and persuasive personality devoted to the past. Amanda was forsaken by her husband, and faced with raising two children alone during the great depression. Haunted by the rejection of her husband, she is determined to keep her children close. Even if keeping her children close means using guilt and criticism to manipulate every aspect of their lives. Amanda’s domineering behavior drove Mr. Wingfield away, and is now steering her son toward a similar escape....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Tennessee Williams]

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The Glass Menagerie

- Tennessee William’s “The Glass Menagerie” and John Updike’s “A & P” are both tales of anguishing confinement and eventual escape. Tom and Sammy are trapped in a place where they work away their existence, unable to abscond from their miserable conditions due to an opposing force holding them captive. Their families rely on them to bring in what income they can, and neither Sammy nor Tom wishes to let down those dependent upon him. Both have jobs which are stable and potentially life-long; however, they desire excitement and freedom rather than the perpetual routines to which they are bound....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Tennessee Williams]

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The Glass Menagerie: A Quest for a Husband

- The Glass Menagerie Thesis statement In this paper I have attempted to give a detailed view of what the young girl Laura (depiction of Williams’s sister) has gone through in her mother’s (Williams’s mother) quest to find a husband for her, the agony she has experienced, and Tom’s (Williams) rebellious attitude towards life. While Tom wants to live and cherish his own life, he finds it difficult to fulfill this desire. In my hypotheses Laura, the crippled girl remains the fragile piece of glass. The Glass Menagerie was an autobiographical play by Tennessee Williams about him, his mother, and sister (Falk)....   [tags: marriage, figurines, fragile]

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The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

- In his critical essay “The Green Goddess of Realism,” Sean O’Casey solicits what it entails to create “a real play about real people” (295). O’Casey believes playwrights embellish and emphasize their imaginative works in order to create a connection with the audience and evoke a specific reaction. Thus, the more realistic and similar to actual life a play is, the further it deviates from being a real play. According to O’Casey, theatre “is not[…] the locus of real life but an artistic presentation of stories that serve the narrator’s purpose” (293)....   [tags: The Power of the Mind]

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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]

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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

- ... Finally, the denouement, when all loose ends are tied up, is when Tom leaves his family and reveals to the audience that he is always haunted by the memory of Laura. This play is considered a memory play, and is also developed through the use of flashbacks, which is used to depict events that occur before the play’s main action. The second most important principle in Aristotle’s elements of drama is the characters. In this play, there are more than one protagonist, the leading character, including both Tom and Laura....   [tags: Character, Fiction, Protagonist, Narratology]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Glass Menagerie By William Shakespeare

- “The Glass Menagerie” is a play about a fatherless family for whom the youngest and only son, Tom, is the sole provider. The play is Tom’s memory of his family and the events leading up to his departure. He and his mother, Amanda, argue quite frequently in the story, which causes Tom to run off every night and return in the wee hours of the morning for work. After Tom brings home one potential suitor who he didn’t know was engaged, for his sister Laura who cannot seem to get married because of her terrible shyness, his mother chastises him for bringing an engaged man to meet Laura....   [tags: Family, Father, Mother, Marriage]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... For example, in scene two, Amanda finds out that Laura had been lying about going to business school and Amanda says that her only other option is to become married (Williams 930). Amanda wanted Laura to go to business school to acquire an education that would allow her to start a career of which she would have the ability to support herself. Although Amanda has virtuous intentions for her daughter, going to school is not something that Laura wants to do. The dynamic that Amanda created forced Laura to lie to Amanda about going to school....   [tags: Family, Mother, Marriage, Tell Laura I Love Her]

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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]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- In the book, The Glass Menagerie, the main characters want to leave behind what they are used to go after their own personal goals. Tom is a character who desires to leave his house to follow his father’s footsteps, but is obligated to stay to support his family. He feels the need to abandon all his problems and change his life’s fate. Through the symbol of the fireplace, Tennessee Williams suggests that people want to escape the confinements of reality to chase their dreams, but are restrained by their sympathizing emotions....   [tags: tom´s attachment, troubles]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... It’s you that / makes me rush through meals with your hawk-like / attention to every bite I take. Sickening-spoils my / appetite – all this discussion of animals’ secretion- / salivary glands-mastication!”(1397) which suggests that Tom is indignant towards his mother and her judgmental personality. He acts on his selfish decision to not pay their electricity bill, and utilizes the money to break free from his mother’s imprisonment. Tom’s character changes dramatically from the beginning to the conclusion....   [tags: Fiction, Character, Literature, Performance]

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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]

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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]

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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

- ... 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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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]

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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]

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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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A Doll 's House And The Glass Menagerie

- Even When It’s Not Sex, It Is Oscar Wilde once said, “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” The content of this quote embodies A Doll’s House and The Glass Menagerie because of the sexual control in both the plays. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee William, the characters, although from different time periods, face the hardships of sexual control through the men they admire. Nora is written as the naive protagonist of A Doll’s House, who embodies the themes of the novella as she matures throughout the play....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Symbolism and Crossing the Rubicon in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”

- The masterful use of symbolism is delightfully ubiquitous in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” He uses a collection of dim, dark and shadowy symbols that constantly remind the audience of the lost opportunity each of these three characters continually experience. This symbolism is not only use to enlighten the audience to their neglected opportunities to shine, but it is also repeatedly utilized to reinforce the ways in which the characters try in vain to cross over turbulent waters into a world of light and clarity....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Psychological Costs of Societal Ideals in The Glass Menagerie

- It is an innate desire of all human beings to be successful. Indeed, with success comes a feeling of personal accomplishment, fulfillment, and pride. The prospect of such a future can drive many into great lengths to achieve their goal. While the ideal images of accomplishment may differ slightly from person to person, they are all ideals constructed by society. Unfortunately, society has a tendency to idealize these standards, placing them on a level that is both unreachable and impossible to achieve....   [tags: Theatre]

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The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald And The Glass Menagerie

- ... Gatsby is deeply lost in illusions, so much so that he cannot be told otherwise and come to terms with the fact that he cannot repeat the past. Amanda Wingfield is depicted in a similar fashion. Since Amanda is fond of “Living in the past”, an illusion she chooses zealously over her harsher reality. She continually reminds herself and her children of her past, always comparing and contrasting her life of then and now, never wanting to acknowledge she has lost track, “One Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain—your mother received— seventeen....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Glass Menagerie Is Responsible For The Dysfunction Of The Wingfield Family

- ... They were never able to let go. Amanda would always talk about her past and it can be said that she would live in the past rather than the present. She was too busy reminiscing on all her gentlemen callers that she could have chosen to marry. This gave no time to notice the how much her children were being affected by their father’s departure. However, a closer look at the play suggests that the father is still the one that is responsible for the family’s dysfunction. The father’s departure from the Wingfield family caused the family to have many financial issues....   [tags: Family, Marriage]

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Research Analysis of Theme in Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie

- The Reality of Illusions: Research Analysis of Theme in Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie Reflective of the depressed age it was written in, Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie, reveals a host of antisocial personalities, each with their own psychosis and methodology of self-medicating. This glimpse into the lives of the Wingfield family’s dysfunction is both sobering and memorable. When brought to the stage as was originally intended, William’s play articulates each character’s quirkiness and in doing so, bears witness to the different illusions, delusions, and fantasy they use as coping mechanisms....   [tags: the plot, unrealized dreams, amanda]

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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]

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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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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]

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Analysis Tom Windfield in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- The Glass Menagerie:Tom Wingdfield The story takes place from an indefinite point in the future; the events of the play are framed by memories. Tom Wingfield usually smokes and stands on the fire escape as he delivers his monologues. Tom remembers the winter and spring of 1937 in their apartment in St. Louis. The play is sentimental and not realistic. The main characters in this play are Amanda Wingfield appears to be a faded southern belle that has delusions of grandeur, controlling, pushy, a bit overwhelming, and is stuck in the past and how things used to be....   [tags: narrator, poet, alcoholic]

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The Glass Menagerie : Amanda Wingfield's 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. This 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 regarding 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...   [tags: tennesse williams]

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Glass Menagerie

- Compare & Contrast Essay The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams contained well-characterized characters. The "Dead Poet&#8217;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&#8217;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]

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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]

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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]

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Glass Menagerie

- Glass Menagerie Fantasy Worlds and Their Symbolism Everyone has their own little world in which they indulge themselves in whether it be real or just a fantasy. In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, everyone in the play experiences their own little world, and the shock it is to be thrown from it. Tom supports his family despite his unhappiness. He tries to please Amanda by being the sole supporter of the family, but only gets rewarded by Amanda's constant nagging and suspicion. Eventually he finds himself more like his father as he seeks adventure in the movies and in drinking....   [tags: essays research papers]

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What Is the Significance of the Title, "The Glass Menagerie?"

- Why did Tennessee Williams call his play set in the 1930's, a family drama, `The Glass Menagerie'. The play has three main characters, the mother, Amanda and the two children, Tom and Laura. A gentleman caller called Jim steps into the final scenes, and the father of the family is mentioned who left them, `He was a telephone man who fell in love with long distances.' The whole play is about a family who are under pressure both from outside and within their society to live their lives the right way....   [tags: European Literature]

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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]

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Motherhood in The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun

- Motherhood in The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun I have read the two plays, "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams and "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, both of have a big impact on me. The two plays circle around the family values that convey the character of motherhood where mothers have to have a responsibility to raise, to provide their best and to sacrifice for their children. In these two plays, even expressing differently, mothers all show love to their children; they all want their children to have a happy life....   [tags: Papers]

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