"The Glass Menagerie" and "Antigone" Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

"The Glass Menagerie" and "Antigone"
A comparison of the strong women in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" and Sophocles' "Antigone".
# 117670 | 1,013 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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The paper focuses on the women who dominate both plays "The Glass Menagerie" and "Antigone" and looks at both characters' failure to grasp truths. The paper asserts that "Antigone" offers a far greater dimension than "The Glass Menagerie" due to its epic nature. The paper shows how, despite their differences, what these two strong women did, failed to do, or refused to do brought tragedy upon them and their families.

From the Paper:

"In a very broad way, Antigone and Amanda Wingfield have in common a love of family. But, while Amanda seeks to promote and preserve an illusion- normalcy, happiness, a bright future for her crippled daughter, Antigone is using the death of her brother more as a political ploy. The Greek tragedy has the circumstances dealing with obeying the law- pernicious as that law might be, but the law nevertheless. In The Glass Menagerie, it is more or less the law of survival in a world, even two or more generations ago, where survival of the fittest was to be applauded and expected. The shroud of a dead fallen hero is instead the shroud of fantasy= a fantasy by a mother that her crippled daughter will find happiness, and the fantasy that the little glass animals, fragile as they are, can sustain a means of self-preservation against maternal pressures."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gassner, John: Fifty Best Plays of the American Theatre Vol. IIINew York: Crown Publishers (1969)
  • Sophocles: "Antigone" Chicago: Great Books of the Western World, Vol. 5 University of Chicago Press

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"The Glass Menagerie" and "Antigone" (2009, December 14) Retrieved July 05, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/the-glass-menagerie-and-antigone-117670/

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""The Glass Menagerie" and "Antigone"" 14 December 2009. Web. 05 July. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/the-glass-menagerie-and-antigone-117670/>