Trapped in a Glass Menagerie Analytical Essay by amw7711

Trapped in a Glass Menagerie
This paper looks at the theme of facing reality within the work "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.
# 111844 | 1,111 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Feb 01, 2009 in Drama and Theater (American) , Literature (American)

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In this article, the writer discusses that the characters in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" are faced with the difficulties of facing reality due to their inability to escape from the world they have been confined to for so many years. The writer looks how Williams handles the subject of escaping and dealing with reality through the various characters of the play and maintains that Tennessee Williams does an excellent job of portraying this theme throughout the play. The writer concludes that, in "The Glass Menagerie", the characters are faced with many difficult and life altering choices and that unlike his mother and sister, Tom opts to choose to leave this world behind and to finally chase his dreams.

From the Paper:

"The reader soon understands that this house was never one of merriment, but rather one of confusion and neglect by the father. When Amanda and Laura are introduced, they are seen eating. However, this is no ordinary meal. In pantomime fashion, the two women sit at the table pretending to eat. This image is one of the first reflections of the theme of inability to face reality.
"This theme continues most strongly with Laura. Her glass menagerie is a collection of numerous different, tiny, delicate glass animals. Laura devotes the majority of her time during the play to admiring and cleaning this ornate collection."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams

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