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Characters and Themes in "The Glass Menagerie"
An analysis of the characters and themes in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie".
# 152249 | 1,108 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 17, 2013 in Drama and Theater (American) , Literature (American)

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This paper discusses the themes of accepting reality, hopelessness, and loss of innocence and youth in Tennessee Williams' play, "The Glass Menagerie". The paper discusses and analyzes the characters of Amanda, Jim, Tom and Laura, and notes that at the conclusion of the play, Laura moves from a sympathetic character to an admirable one, and is expected to find a type of happiness Tom or Amanda never will.

From the Paper:

"Experience and relationships shape who we are and the relationships in this play demonstrate that fact. The Wingfields are dysfunctional and there is not much hope for their future. Amanda's relationship with Laura is an interesting one because Laura is less vocal than Tom. Amanda also believes the right man for Laura will suddenly emerge from thin air. To make things even more difficult, Amanda expects Laura to be the same kind of woman she was in her youth and that is simply not going to happen. This is just one result of Amanda's inability to face reality. Amanda does not see Laura's handicap as limiting, but it is. She cannot face the fact that Laura simply might not ever get married. As a result, she fills Laura's head with hopes that some Prince Charming will fly through the door at any moment and she should be ready for him when he does arrive. This is ludicrous and Laura and Tom know it but Amanda can never be told otherwise. Tom and Laura's relationship is also interesting because Laura is the one bringing out the tenderness within Tom. His mother makes him crazy because she pressures him to take care of them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. An Introduction to Literature. 8th ed. Barnett, Sylvan, ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1985. pp. 967-1025.

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