"The Glass Menagerie"
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This analysis of the play, "The Glass Menagerie", shows how Tennessee Williams' own life experiences are reflected in the play and includes an explanation of the play's setting, plot and characters, as well as the meanings of various symbols used by the author.
Setting of the Play
Setting of the Play
From the Paper:"The plot of the play revolves around the memories of its narrator (Tom Wingfield) and his anguished struggle between the call of duty towards his mother (Amanda Wingfield) and sister (Laura Wingfield) and his desire to 'live his own life.' The father (Mr. Wingfield) has abandoned the family and the son (Tom) is now working reluctantly in a warehouse to support the family. The daughter (Laura) is extremely shy and fragile--seeking solace in taking care of her glass animals while the mother is a former Southern "belle" who is still living in the past and desperately trying to make Laura an independent woman and/or to find her a suitable husband. She nags Tom to bring a suitor home who would marry Laura. Tom finally reins in his co-worker (Jim O'Connor) to have dinner with the family. Jim's visit proves to be a disaster--as he clumsily leads Laura on by dancing with her and kissing her and then breaking her heart (and her precious glass unicorn) by telling her that he is engaged."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Adler, Thomas P. "The Glass Menagerie." Tennessee Williams: A Guide to Research and Performance. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998. 34-45.
- Bloom, Harold, ed. Tennessee Williams's the Glass Menagerie. New York: Chelsea House, 1988.
- "The Glass Menagerie." Themes, Motifs & Symbols: Study Guide. Spark Notes. 2006. July 8, 2006. http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/menagerie/themes.html
- Hale, Allean. "Tennessee Williams's St. Louis Blues." The Mississippi Quarterly 48.4 (1995): 609+.
- Tischler, Nancy M. Student Companion to Tennessee Williams. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.
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