The Glass Menagerie

Introduction to the glass menagerie.

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play , written by a popular American writer, Tennessee Williams . The play was first staged in 1944 and became an instant hit, bringing fortune and popularity, both for the playwright on account of the autobiographical elements he has inserted in it. The story of the play revolves around a mother, her shy and introverted daughter, Laura , and her artist son, Tom. Originally written as The Gentleman Caller, the play won New York Drama Critic Award for the author in 1945 and became a masterpiece.

Summary of The Glass Menagerie

The play starts with Tom Wingfield, Amanda Wingfield’s son recalling his life. Amanda is a single mother, whose husband had forsaken the family years back in the past before the play begins. The cast shows Laura and Amanda, both daughter and mother, conversing with their only male member in St. Louis in the year 1937.

The play shows Amanda Wingfield living in a middle-class apartment in St. Louis, taking care of her small family. She recalls her glory days when the boys used to chase her due to her beautiful looks and outgoing personality. This future worry and not-so-bright prospectus of her son, who is working in a warehouse, has become another constant worry for her. Despite seemingly being a budding poet, Tom Wingfield does not find enough time due to his constant worry of everyday preoccupations and penchant for movies that he watches all night . Now her main anxiety is her daughter, Laura, who is crippled and naturally shy, does not seem to win any gentleman’s attention. Looking at her daughter’s youth, Amanda becomes obsessed with the idea of finding a gentleman for her. At dinner Amanda tells her daughter, Laura, to stay polite and pretty for her gentlemen callers even though she never had any callers and never expected one.

Amanda then proceeds to tell Laura to practice her shorthand and typing. A few days later when Amanda comes home from Laura’s school after getting to know that Laura had dropped out several months earlier, she is shocked. Amanda wonders what they will do with their lives since Laura never tried to help her and spends all her time playing with her glass menagerie and her old phonograph records. Amanda decides that to have a gentleman caller for Laura, and Laura reveals that she has liked only one boy in her whole life, a high school boy called Jim.

When Tom goes out to the movies that night, Amanda scolds him and asks him to do something useful other than watching movies. The next morning after Tom apologizes to her, Amanda asks him to find a nice gentleman caller for Laura. A few days later, Tom tells her that he has invited his colleague, Jim O’Connor over dinner. When Amanda comes to know about the arrival of Jim, she becomes jubilant, seeing the prospects of meeting with the future of her daughter. When Jim comes, she starts recalling her own budding youthful period and her own looks. However, Laura senses that she must have been attracted to Jim during her school years. First, she excuses herself to join dinner with them due to her supposed illness but later when she comes into the living room, she sees Jim alone waiting for the electricity.

As they start a conversation, Jim encourages her to think about their past and starts dancing quietly when he accidentally knocks down her menagerie, having her glass animals in it, breaking the unicorn. However, he immediately takes the situation in control by kissing her and paying compliments for keeping such a beautiful menagerie. Following this, he explodes the bombshell about his likely marriage soon. Laura, on the other hand, presents the broken unicorn to him as a gift after which he departs. Amanda, upon learning this, lashes out at Tom, who expresses his ignorance about such a thing. The play ends on a sad note of Tom leaving the house, asking his sister to extinguish the candles.

Major Themes in The Glass Menagerie

  • Escape from Responsibilities: The play demonstrates the theme of escape from the heavy responsibilities of life as Tom desires to avoid family responsibilities like a magician, who shows the ability to escape the box without removing nails from it. The burden of a shy sister and a pestering mother remains heavy on his mind. He wants to remove this burden from his mind and escape to the world of magical fantasy . However, the memory of the family stays with him, reminding him of having family relations with Laura and his mother. On the other hand, both of them could not escape the financial constraints and social pressure due to the well-knit domestic setup. In the end, Tom realizes that this escape from responsibilities does not come without its cost which is loneliness and mental depression.
  • Family : The major theme of family and its responsibility is shown through the Wingfield family, Amanda, the mother , Laura, the daughter, and Tom, who’s Amanda’s son. As the only male member, Tom has to assume the charge of the main breadwinner, though, he shirks taking up the responsibility of the whole family. On the other hand, Amanda constantly feels the stress of finding a suitable match for her daughter, Laura, whose social shyness and isolation are costing the family heavily. In this backdrop, the shadow of the disappearance of Mr. Wingfield is peeping through their mental stress. Tom, therefore, follows suit, but the realization of his being the patriarchal head does not recede.
  • Abandonment: The theme of abandonment looms large in the background due to the disappearance of the head, Mr. Wingfield. Amanda has an acute realization of her husband’s abandoned presence and on her daughter who suffers from social abandonment. Her son, Tom, too, tries to take this abandonment on him by deciding to leave the family. He tries to hook Jim, but this, too, proves a futile effort on his part. Therefore, his own predicament shows his fear of being abandoned by his dreams and desires in life.
  • Illusions and Reality: The play, The Glass Menagerie, shows the theme of illusion and reality through the characters of Amanda and Tom. Her Southern legacy has caused the illusion to Amanda in that she visualizes patriarchy taking up the household responsibility but her son’s upbringing in the abandoned household is the stark reality staring in her face. It is because he has a constant reminder of the disappearance of his father, the reality which runs contrary to his presence as the responsible head of the family. Similarly, Amanda feels that the illusion of her being an outgoing girl in her past may be reflected through her daughter Laura, who is, in reality, a socially shy girl, having little prospects of finding a gentleman.
  • Memory: The play, The Glass Menagerie, shows the theme of memory and its undertones among all the family members of the Wingfield family. Amanda, the mother of the family, is constantly stuck in her memories of her blissful and pretty youth period, while the memory of her escaping husband makes these memories muddied. Similarly, Tom also recalls his sister by the end, the memory of which haunts him, while Jim is lost in his memories of boyhood, a thrilling period of his life.
  • Shattering of Dreams: Despite a broken family, every Wingfield individual dreams about having a good life. Amanda, the mother, dreams of having her daughter married to a gentleman and her son, Tom, taking up the family responsibility. On the other hand, Tom dreams of having an independent life free from family preoccupations and burdens.
  • Marriage: The play also shows the theme of marriage as an institution whose existence and preservation keep the family united and stable. Amanda wants her daughter to have a good gentleman to marry, but she fails, shattering her dreams. It is because Amanda’s husband married her but left her, leaving the family in the lurch.
  • Alcoholism: The play implicitly shows the theme of alcoholism in that if a person drinks, he is irresponsible as Amanda experiences addiction as she recalls her fleeing husband. Keeping this in mind, she also questions Jim whether he drinks or not, having the point of family responsibility in her consciousness.
  • Love: The theme of love in the play is quite implicit through the motherly love of Amanda for her daughter to marry a gentleman and for her son to take up the family responsibility.

Major Characters The Glass Menagerie

  • Tom Wingfield: Tom Wingfield is the representative of patriarchy in the play and shows the memories presented objectively. His direct address to the audience shows his capability of objective evaluation of his situation. At the same time, his duality confuses the audience in understanding his role within the family. His artistic capabilities stand in contrast to his actual achievement for the family in the real world. Although his concerns about his sister, Laura, and mother, Amanda, shows that he takes care of his family, his frequent demonstration of indifference leads to the impressions of the audience about his cruel behavior. His breaking down of the glass menagerie, in the end, shows this cruel behavior, leading to contradictory arguments about him, having no role model in the family to follow.
  • Amanda Wingfield: A remnant of the faded Southern beauty , Amanda represents the role of the fading matriarchy after having suffered an economic and social decline. Following her husband’s escape from the family responsibilities, she has to take up matters into her own hands despite having little experience of raising a family, the reason that the family is undergoing stress and turbulence. As the extrovert character , she tries to lead her son, Tom, to take up the role of the family head. Yet, she herself stays away from Laura instead of guiding her to mix in the society. Some of the flaws in her character lead to the comic and tragic issues arising in the family. Her failures are apparent from her monologue delivered in response to her children’s behavior.
  • Laura Wingfield: A very innocent and mentally challenged character, Laura demonstrates compassion when she comes to know the situation of her brother. This behavior stands in stark contrast to the selfish attitude of Amanda, her mother, as well as, her brother, Tom. Her position in the family makes her the center of the play in that her mother and brother, both, are engaged in finding a suitable match for her. Although she is a young girl, her mother’s thoughts of her own glamorous past belittle her prospects when Tom brings Jim. Laura, though, seems an introvert and a shy character, shows her will at several moments which defies her real personality built by her mother and brother.
  • Jim O’Connor: The character of Jim within the play is interesting and intriguing. He is a gentleman and Amanda encourages him to woo Laura. An ordinary but nice young man, Jim is a hero in Tom’s sight since his school days when he used to lead sports and theatrical productions. Having no haunting memories and present stigmas, Jim is a true middle-class young man who does not take fantasies at the face value. Sensing his fall in this abyss, he extricates himself and returns to his world on the pretext of his being already hooked.
  • Mr. Wingfield: The significance of the character of Mr. Wingfield lies in his portrait hanging on the wall in the family apartment despite his shameful flight from the family responsibilities. A symbol of the deceitful patriarchy, he becomes prominent in the play on account of his absence. Amanda’s memories of his charm also belittle his patriarchal role due to her wrong choice among the responsible and noble gentlemen of her time.

Writing Style of The Glass Menagerie

As poetic, symbolic, and spontaneous, The Glass Menagerie establishes Tennessee Williams at his best. The characters speak in a lyrical style with spontaneity in their dialogues. The conversation is down-to-earth direct and simple, showing the characters in their true colors. As far as the sentence style and diction are concerned, they are informal and simple. Yet Williams relies heavily on metaphors , similes, and symbols to convey the meanings of the frustration the family members are in after the flight of their family head, Mr. Wingfield.

Analysis of the Literary Devices in The Glass Menagerie

  • Action: The main action of the play comprises the life of the Wingfield family, the desires of Tom and Laura, and the wish of Amanda to marry her daughter to a gentleman. The rising action occurs when Laura allows her mother to decide that she should marry. The falling action occurs when Jim states that he has a fiancée waiting for him and leaves the house.
  • Anaphora : The play shows the use of anaphora as given in the below examples, i. In Spain there was a revolution. Here there was only shouting and confusion. In Spain there was Guernica. Here there were disturbances of labor, sometimes pretty violent, in otherwise peaceful cities such as Chicago , Cleveland, Saint Louis . . . This is the social background of the play. (Scene-I) ii. Honey, don’t push with your fingers. If you have to push with something, the thing to push with is a crust of bread . (Scene-I) Both of these examples show the repetitious use of some phrases such as “In Spain there was…” and “have to push.”
  • Allusion : The play shows amazing use of different allusions as given in the examples below, i. You simply couldn’t go out if you hadn’t read it. All everybody talked was Scarlett O’Hara. Well, this is a book that critics already compare to Gone with the Wind. It’s the Gone with the Wind of the post-World-War generation! (Scene-III) ii. I’m going to opium dens! Yes, opium dens, dens of vice and criminals’ hangouts, Mother. I’ve joined the Hogan Gang, I’m a hired assassin, I carry a tommy gun in a violin case! (Act-III) iii. They were waiting around the corner for all these kids. Suspended in the mist over Berchtesgaden, caught in the folds of Chamberlain’s umbrella. In Spain there was Guernica! (Scene-III) The first example shows alluding to an author and her books, the second to a gang, and the third to Spanish locations. There are some other lurking allusions such as Pygmalion , a Greek mythical figure, Midas touch of King Midas, Biblical allusions of the Annunciation, and allusion of the Clark Gable.
  • Antagonist : Amanda seems to be the antagonist of the play as she seems to have still the charm of her husband and the glamor of her personality having encircled her mind that she does not think about other family members.
  • Antimetabole : Antimetabole is the reuse of words in the first and second halves of a sentence. The play shows the use of antimetabole as given in the below example, i. Their eyes had failed them, or they had failed their eyes, and so they were having their fingers pressed forcibly down on the fiery Braille alphabet of a dissolving economy. (Act-I) The play shows the use of antimetabole as the reversely used phrase “Their eyes” show.
  • Conflict : The play shows both external and internal conflicts. The external conflict is going on between Tom and Amanda, while the internal conflict is going on in Tom’s mind as he narrates the events of the play.
  • Characters: The play, The Glass Menagerie, shows both static as well as dynamic characters. The young man, Tom, is a dynamic character as he shows a considerable transformation in his behavior and conduct by the end of the play. However, all other characters are static as they do not show or witness any transformation such as Laura and Amanda.
  • Climax : The climax in the play occurs when Laura comes to know that Jim is the same, her classmate, and faces freezing feelings that she has to get support to sit on the sofa.
  • Foreshadowing : The play shows many examples of foreshadows as given in below, i. Tom’s departure from the scene foreshadows his escape from familial responsibilities ii. Music foreshadows the dance of Jim and Laura iii. Breaking of unicorn foreshadows breaking of Laura’s heart
  • Hyperbole : The play shows various examples of hyperboles as given below, i. Like some archetype of the universal unconscious, the image of the gentleman caller haunted our small apartment… (Scene-III) ii. I’m starting to boil inside. I know I seem dreamy, but inside — well, I’m boiling! (Scene-VI) Both these examples exaggerate things such as the first one says that the gentleman has become a ghost and in the second Tom says that he is boiling inside which is not possible.
  • Imagery : The Glass Menagerie shows excellent use of imagery as given in the below examples, i. He had tremendous Irish good nature and vitality with the scrubbed and polished look of white chinaware. He seemed to move in a continual spotlight. He was a star in basketball, captain of the debating club, president of the senior class and the glee club and he sang the male lead in the annual light operas. (Scene-VI) ii. I didn’t go to the moon, I went much further — for time is the longest distance between two places. Not long after that I was fired for writing a poem on the lid of a shoe-box. I left Saint Louis. I descended 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. (Scene-VII) These two examples show images of nature, color, and feelings.
  • Metaphor : The Glass Menagerie shows good use of various metaphors as given the examples below, i. The play is memory. (Scene-I) ii. My devotion has made me a witch and so I make myself hateful to my children!. (Scene-IV) These examples show that several things have been compared directly in the play such as the play itself has been compared to things recalled from memory or the mother compared to a witch.
  • Mood : The play, The Glass Menagerie , shows various moods; it starts with a reflective mood but turns out highly ironic and melancholy at times.
  • Narrator : The play, The Glass Menagerie , has been narrated by the first person, Tom, who happens to be one of its characters, too. In this sense, it seems a meta- fiction , a narrative within the play but still, it has a dialogue form.
  • Personification : The play shows examples of personifications as given below, i. A fragile, unearthly prettiness has come out in Laura: she is like a piece of translucent glass touched by light, given a momentary radiance, not actual, not lasting. (Scene-VI) ii. Wind blows the white curtains inward in a slow, graceful motion and with a faint, sorrowful sighing. (Scene-VI) These examples show as if the glass and the wind have life and emotions of their own.
  • Protagonist : Laura Wingfield is the protagonist of the play as it is her fate that Amanda and Tom are going to decide or not decide.
  • Setting : The setting of the play, The Glass Menagerie , is the middle-class apartment of the Wingfield family located in St. Louis in 1937.
  • Simile : The play shows good use of various similes as given in the examples below, i. Mother, when you’re disappointed, you get that awful suffering look on your face, like the picture of Jesus’ mother in the museum! (Scene-I) ii. But here there was only hot swing music and liquor, dance halls, bars, and movies, and sex that hung in the gloom like a chandelier and flooded the world with brief, deceptive rainbows. (Scene-V) iii. Amanda has worked like a Turk in preparation for the gentleman caller. (Scene-VI) iv. A fragile, unearthly prettiness has come out in Laura: she is like a piece of translucent glass touched by light. (Scene-VII) The use of the word “like” shows the comparison between different things in the examples. The first example shows this between the mother and Jesus, the second shows between sex with a chandelier, the third between Amanda and a Turk, and the fourth between Laura and glass menagerie.

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Essays on The Glass Menagerie

One of the most famous plays in American literature is The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams. This timeless story explores themes of family dynamics, dreams, and the harsh reality of life. Writing an essay on The Glass Menagerie can help you to deepen your understanding of the play and its significance in literature.

When choosing a topic for your essay on The Glass Menagerie, consider the various themes and characters in the play. You can explore the relationships between the characters, the symbolism of the glass figurines, or the impact of the past on the present. The possibilities are endless!

If you're considering writing an argumentative essay, you can delve into the complex relationships between the characters and argue your point of view on their actions and motivations. For a cause and effect essay, you can explore the consequences of the characters' decisions and how they shape the outcome of the play. An opinion essay allows you to express your personal thoughts and feelings about the play, while an informative essay can delve into the historical and cultural context of the time period.

To give you a head start, here are ten possible topics for each type of essay:

Argumentative Essay

  • The role of gender in The Glass Menagerie
  • The impact of Tom's abandonment on the family
  • The significance of the glass menagerie as a symbol
  • The conflict between illusion and reality
  • The portrayal of the American Dream in the play
  • The manipulation and control of Amanda over her children
  • The importance of Laura's disability in the play
  • The symbolism of the fire escape in the play
  • The theme of escapism in The Glass Menagerie
  • The role of memory in shaping the characters' actions

Cause and Effect Essay

  • The consequences of Laura's shyness
  • The effects of Tom's job dissatisfaction on the family
  • The impact of Amanda's unrealistic expectations on her children
  • The causes of the family's financial struggles
  • The effects of Jim's visit on the Wingfield family
  • The consequences of Tom's abandonment on the family
  • The impact of Laura's disability on her relationships
  • The causes of Laura's withdrawal from the outside world
  • The effects of Amanda's controlling nature on her children
  • The consequences of the family's reliance on illusion

Opinion Essay

  • My interpretation of the play's ending
  • My personal connection to the characters in The Glass Menagerie
  • My thoughts on the character of Amanda Wingfield
  • My opinion on the significance of the glass menagerie
  • My feelings about Tom's decision to leave his family
  • My perspective on the portrayal of the American Dream in the play
  • My thoughts on the character of Laura Wingfield
  • My interpretation of the play's symbolism
  • My feelings about the theme of escapism in The Glass Menagerie
  • My opinion on the role of memory in shaping the characters' actions

Informative Essay

  • The historical context of The Glass Menagerie
  • The cultural influences on the play
  • The impact of World War II on the characters
  • The societal expectations of women in the time period
  • The significance of the Great Depression in the play
  • The portrayal of the American Dream in The Glass Menagerie
  • The symbolism of the glass menagerie
  • The theme of escapism in the play
  • The impact of disability in the time period and its portrayal in the play

Thesis Statement Examples

For an example of a thesis statement on The Glass Menagerie, consider these options:

  • The Glass Menagerie explores the destructive nature of illusions and the impact they have on the characters' lives.
  • The characters in The Glass Menagerie are trapped by their past and struggle to find a sense of freedom and fulfillment.
  • Tennessee Williams uses symbolism and imagery to convey the themes of The Glass Menagerie and the characters' inner struggles.
  • The Glass Menagerie portrays the fragility of human relationships and the desire for escape from reality.
  • The play delves into the complexities of family dynamics and the ways in which they shape the characters' lives.

Paragraph Examples

As for an example of an paragraph, here are a few options:

  • As one of Tennessee Williams' most famous works, The Glass Menagerie continues to captivate audiences with its poignant exploration of family, dreams, and the harsh reality of life. The play delves into the lives of the Wingfield family, where each member grapples with their own desires and disappointments. Through the use of symbolism and powerful imagery, Williams crafts a story that resonates with audiences to this day.
  • In The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams invites readers into the world of the Wingfield family, where the characters navigate the complexities of their relationships and the struggle to break free from the confines of their past. The play delves into the themes of illusion, memory, and the pursuit of happiness, creating a story that continues to resonate with audiences across generations.
  • Set against the backdrop of 1930s St. Louis, The Glass Menagerie delves into the lives of the Wingfield family, where the characters grapple with their own dreams and disappointments. Tennessee Williams' powerful storytelling and evocative imagery bring to life a story that explores the fragility of human relationships and the desire for freedom and fulfillment.

And finally, for an example of a paragraph, consider these options:

  • The Glass Menagerie continues to captivate audiences with its timeless exploration of family dynamics, dreams, and the harsh reality of life. Tennessee Williams' powerful storytelling and evocative imagery create a story that resonates with audiences across generations, inviting them to reflect on the complexities of human relationships and the pursuit of happiness.
  • The themes of illusion, memory, and the pursuit of happiness in The Glass Menagerie continue to resonate with audiences, as the play invites readers to delve into the intricacies of the human experience. Tennessee Williams' masterful storytelling and evocative imagery create a story that captivates and challenges readers to reflect on their own desires and disappointments.
  • Through the powerful use of symbolism and imagery, The Glass Menagerie invites readers to explore the fragility of human relationships and the desire for freedom and fulfillment. Tennessee Williams' poignant exploration of family dynamics continues to captivate audiences, as the play delves into the complexities of the human experience and the pursuit of happiness.

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March 31, 1945

Tennessee Williams

Memory Play

Amanda Wingfield, Tom Wingfield, Laura Wingfield, Jim O'Connor, Mr. Wingfield

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To escape the raw facts of her lonely life, her dysfunctional family, and her own lack of motivation, she retreats into the past. She continuously looks back on her girlhood and the “gentlemen callers” who filled her home and admired her. In some pathetic part of her mind, she remains that young, tantalizing flirt, and as long as she immerses herself in those dreams, she can escape the very dull reality of her present life. She is poor; her husband abandoned the family, her son does not respect her, and her daughter is disabled. Escape is the only thing she has that brings her any joy or satisfaction in her life. Another critic notes, “Amanda represents the ideals of the Old South, the Puritan tradition, and a kind of meaningless conformity that destroys the individual without the consequence of enriching the world” (Crandle 12). Each member of the family uses escape in some way to cope with their unhappiness, but Tom is the only one to make a permanent escape. Critic Harold Bloom writes, “Thus, while the father still personifies love to the romantic memory of the middle-aged Amanda, he symbolizes another kind of romance to his son-the romance of escape and adventure” (Bloom 34). Escape is in Tom’s blood, and that is clear throughout the play-his major goal is always to leave, symbolizing his father’s role in his life and his need to

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   Tennessee Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie, 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. Williams' use of symbols adds depth to the play. The glass menagerie itself is a symbol Williams uses to represent the broken lives of Amanda, Laura and Tom Wingfield and their inability to live in the present.

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In the play “The Glass Menagerie” of Tennessee William, he wrote a drama play to emphasize readers about the life is at a standstill the Wingfield family. Through of the Wingfield family, he uses many symbols which represent many things, but the important main symbolization is fire escape that shows three main characters; Tom Wingfield, his fire escape is the way out of Amanda and Laura. Amanda Wingfield, hope gentlemen callers to enter their lives, and Laura Wingfield, who wants in her own world by collecting unicorn animals. They express successfully in the play by using the fire escape portrays each of characters as literal exist from their own reality.

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams had ordinary people in an ordinary life that closely resembled the influences of Williams’ personal life while having reoccurring themes and motifs throughout the story. The play has been done by many with some variations in the scripts and setting while still clinging to the basic ideas of the original play.

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As a mother, Amanda Wingfield had always encouraged her children to be all they could be. When Laura asked about clearing the table, Amanda’s responded by telling her to “…go in front and study your typewriter chart. Or practice your shorthand a little. Stay fresh and pretty! It’s almost time for our gentlemen callers to start arriving” (Williams, Scene 1, 976). This quote showed two aspects of the nature versus nurture debate. Amanda intended to nurture Laura’s success by encouraging and pushing her to study hard, to practice her writing, and look pretty while naturally, Amanda was concerned about taking care of herself and making sure her children make the right decision so that they may provide for her all the things she never had.

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In his monologue that opens the play, Tom announces, “The play is memory.” The play is Tom's memory of the past, and all of the action takes place in his head. That action is therefore dramatic, sentimental, and emotional, not realistic. As is fitting in a play that is itself a memory of the past, in The Glass Menagerie the past haunts all the characters.

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The male characters in the play all abandon Amanda and Laura . The father, whom we never see, has abandoned the family: he worked for the telephone company and “fell in love with long distances.” The traumatic effect of this abandonment on Amanda, and Amanda's resulting fear about her own helplessness, is clear in her relentless quest for Laura to gain business skills and then to marry. Jim ’s abandonment of Laura forms the play’s…

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Tom explains that in creating the play from his memory that he is giving “truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion,” and the stage directions of the play are designed to create a nostalgic, sentimental, non-realistic atmosphere to create the unreal yet heightened effects of a dream. The lighting in each scene adds emphasis and shadows: for example, the electric light that goes out, the candelabra, moonlight, the paper lantern that hides the broken lightbulb…

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Escape in the play operate in two directions: from the real world into the world of memory and dreams, as Amanda and Laura demonstrate; or from the world of memory and dreams into the real world, as Tom desires. Amanda and Laura escape reality by retreating into dream worlds. Amanda refuses to see things as they are, insisting on seeing what she wants to see. Amanda still lives as a past version of herself, even…

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Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and Critique Essay

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The play, The Glass Menagerie depicts life struggle of the main characters and their desire to enter high society and become prosperous. The uniqueness of the pay is that it depicts real life situations and prototypes of characters typical for the 1940s. There are strains of both tenderness and toughness in The Glass Menagerie . The article related to the play discusses the concept of modern hero and its interpretations by critics. The importance of the article is that it allows to understand the main events and story development concentrating of the hero and its actions.

I agree with the author of the article that the concept of a modem hero is difficult to define and explain because of changing cultural traditions and values. Moral values and virtues are the main characteristics of the modern hero like Tom and Amanda. To Tom, her son, Amanda assigns the task of producing a Gentleman Caller. Tom is an aspiring poet forced to work in a shoe factory, but because of the pressures of his job and his mother’s persistence he has ideas of following in his father’s footsteps. His father, the play informs us, was a telephone man who “fell in love with long distance and skipped the light fantastic out of town.” Before Tom goes, he produces a Gentleman Caller who has a scene with Laura–where she is built up to hope for love only to be suddenly let down. It is one of the most poignant scenes of the modern stage, But there is another kind of music in The Glass Menagerie, as there is in most successful drama, and that is the underground rhythm of the scenes. Action in drama does not proceed at an even pace or at the same peak of excitement. Scenes move slowly, then swiftly; an argument becomes heated, then levels off. Also, there is the way one scene blends into the next.

I would like to add to the article that a modern hero is not a hero in mythological sense. He/she is a person influenced by social and economic changes and fighting with harsh reality of life. Amanda does not see herself as ridiculous. Readers take the same ironical view of Amanda as Tom does in his memory. These much maligned screen legends are not, as some critics seem to suppose, ponderously serious captions for each scene. The play has a humorous deflating function allowing an audience to see the pathetically romantic pretentiousness of Amanda as Tom remembers her. “Où sont les neiges d’antan?” (Williams 695) is a cliché is intentionally “over-the-top.” Williams underlines Amanda’s slightly ridiculous behavior in her later speech reminded readers of the histrionic significance of the play.

In the play, some aspects are as fragile as the tiny glass animals which Laura, the crippled young woman of the play, loves and protects, while other elements have the strength of Amanda Wingfield, the mother who claims to be bewildered by life but who manages nevertheless to badger her children night and day and to survive whatever life throws in her path. As most people know, the play is a tale of a former Southern belle, now living in reduced circumstances, who tries to maintain the illusion of what life was like in the Old South. Her obsession is to find a Gentleman Caller for her daughter, the assumption being that a husband will solve all their problems. She pursues her goal in clear defiance of the reality of their situation and her daughter’s condition. Not only is Laura a cripple, she is shy to the point that she becomes physically ill when forced to meet strangers.

The article is very helpful as it unveils internal structure of the play and its cultural meaning. The modern hero is determined as an individual searching for personal identity and his place in modern world. Before his actual arrival however there is one more image of him that ironically cuts this walking example of the American Dream down to size. The Gentleman Caller scene in The Glass Menagerie provides a perfect example. In a room illuminated by candlelight, the young visitor begins to build up Laura’s confidence; slowly she lets go her inhibitions. Bit by bit the two come together, culminating in a hesitant dance, followed by a declaration by the young man of how pretty Laura is. Abruptly he breaks away; he has gone too far. Fumblingly he tells her that he is engaged to another woman. Her hopes are destroyed. The same careful modulations, the same nuances are present throughout the play. It is these modulations, these nuances–the music, if you will–that is missing so often from this production. Instead of the caressing softness and flow of Southern speech, Torn has a hard, jagged delivery, pouncing on certain words arbitrarily.

In sum, the play reflects and depicts the Southern values and morals of people typical for the 1940s. The article is very effective as it allows readers to understand the historical significance of the play and interpret its themes and motifs. The concept of the modern hero directs the play and seems totally tone deaf other sings or to those subterranean sounds beneath the surface.

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