The Glass Menagerie by. Tennessee Williams

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  • 1. The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams, 1944

2. Tennessee Williams was named Thomas Lanier Williams III when he was born in Columbus, Mississippi on March 26,1911. The Glass Menagerie was the first successful play. And since this work of his was performed all over the world. 3. Introduction The Glass Menagerie is a play first produced in 1944. The author, Tennessee Williams, was launched into fame and made victim to the forties equivalent of literary paparazzi because of it. The play revolves around a young man begrudgingly supporting the family his father has abandoned. It also features a painfully shy and slightly crippled sister character, whose preoccupation with a collection of glass animals draws her away from reality. Set against the backdrop of the Depression, the family struggles together with the past, the future, and one another. 4. Characters TOM WINGFIELD AMANDA WINGFIELD LAURA WINGFIELD THE FATHER JIM OCONNOR 5. SUMMARY The play begins with a current-day (1940s at the time) Tom explaining to us that the play is his memory (1930s) being re-told, and has lots of funky memory elements in it like weird lighting and music. 6. Toms POV We are also introducedto a large screen that Williams uses to project images and pictures on as the play progresses. Tom explains that his father happily abandonedthose years ago. 7. We see Tom having dinner with his mother, Amanda, andhis sister Laura. Amanda expresses a desire for Laura to have gentlemen callers (a.k.a. dates) as she used to, back when she was a Southern Belle. 8. Lauras POV Laura describes a boy namedJim she usedto have a thing for in high school, andwe see her glass menagerie obsession. Amanda gets angry at Laura for dropping out of a typing class due to her painfully shy nature. 9. CONFLICT WITH TOM The conflict with Tom is quickly established; he is at odds with his mother because he hates his job and wantsto leave, but has a duty to support the family. His mother calls himselfish for his constant reading, dancing, drinking, and escaping to the movies. Laura encourages themto make up, whichthey do ostensibly. But the issueis unresolved. 10. Amandas POV Amanda asks Tomto get a gentleman caller for his sister, which he does one of his friends fromwork that turns out to be the Jimthat Laura had spoken of. Amanda gets all excitedand prepares the house. 11. Amandas POV Amanda gets all excited and prepares the house. 12. Lauras POV When Laura finds out that its Jimcoming to visit, she hides in the living room. 13. Jims POV Jim, however, talks to her andgets her to open up. 14. Lauras POV They bond; they kiss; Jimis engagedto someone else. He takes off, Laura gets sad. 15. Amandas POV Amanda yells at her son and thencomforts Laura during Toms closing speechto the audience.. 16. Toms POV Tom reveals to us that he abandonedhis family shortly after that night, but has been haunted by Laura, the sister he abandoned, ever since.. -END- 17. Whats Up With the Title? The Glass Menagerie is a collectionof small glass animals that Laura Wingfield obsesses over. She spends her time polishing and, well, obsessing, using the menagerie as a retreat from the real world. The importance of the glass lies in the way Laura mirrors its delicatebeautyand fragility. 18. THEME Freedom and Confinement Duty Family Memory and the Past Weakness Deception and Lies Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Abandonment Marriage Gender Love Drugs and Alcohol 19. CONCLUSION In life we struggle different kind of hardships , rejection, abandonment, deception, lies, andeven in our family we experience those .. But always remember that theres no perfect familyunless LOVE is the center of it, and no matter what happen when troublecomes, it's yourfamilythat supports you always. So, it is us who can decide where we shouldgo to forgive and to forget? To accept things ! And even Tom, didn't see the beautyof his family and still Laura is like a fragile glass menagerie, there still one thingstandin the end is that the Love of their Mother. Because, theres no perfect mother but they LOVE perfectly!