The glass menagerie?

Tennessee Williams once said,”I have always been interested in creating a character that contains something crippled. I think nearly all of us have some kind of defect, anyway, and i suppose i have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge on hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach another person.”To what extent do the characters in The Glass Menagerie adherre to this characterization?

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  2. Erin
    on November 30th, -0001

    They were all crippled to some extent. The sister had a bad leg, the mother was crippled by her memory of the husband and kept his picture on the wall even though he left. The brother was crippled by his fear of leaving. Even the gentleman caller was crippled, basing his self worth on his job and he was a bit conceited.

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The Glass Menagerie?

Does any1 know the signification of the title The Glass Menagerie?

  1. EgyptianWonder
    on November 30th, -0001

    Tennessee Williams. The Glass Menagerie.

    I have found 9 summaries for you to look at, click the link below. I have included a short extract to give you a taste of what the reviews have to offer and they?re FREE..!!!

    Around 1941, Williams began the work that would become The Glass Menagerie. The play evolved from a short story entitled ?Portrait of a Girl in Glass,? which focused more completely on Laura than the play does. In December of 1944, The Glass Menagerie was staged in Chicago, with the collaboration of a number of well-known theatrical figures. When the play first opened, the audience was sparse, but the Chicago critics raved about it, and eventually it was playing to full houses. In March of 1945, the play moved to Broadway, where it won the prestigious New York Drama Critics? Circle Award. This highly personal, explicitly autobiographical play earned Williams fame, fortune, and critical respect, and it marked the beginning of a successful run that would last for another ten years. Two years after The Glass Menagerie, Williams won another Drama Critics? Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for A Streetcar Named Desire. Williams won the same two prizes again in 1955, for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. More?..

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  2. HighMaintenance
    on November 30th, -0001

    What does the symbol of the glass menagerie mean? The glass menagerie, in the play of the same name, is a powerful symbol in the play. It is almost a character in its own right (Hence the title of the play). The glass menagerie is not simply a stage prop; this questionably, adds a subtle fantastic element to the play. The reason I use the word ‘subtle’ is because the menagerie is not referred too, as being anything other than a glass menagerie, or collection of glass animals parse. The clever thing Tennessee Williams did though was use “The Glass Menagerie” as the title. This subconsciously makes you more aware of any slight mention of the glass menagerie. Making you speculate about the significance of this ordinary, but unusual, stage prop. The first mention of the glass menagerie is in the opening description of the stage. This is not of enormous significance, but is oddly described as an “Old-fashioned whatnot”. This is an interesting choice of words

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The Glass Menagerie?

What is the purpose of the narrator and why does this plot work better as play than as a novel?

What is/are the argument(s) in The Glass Menagerie?

  1. Hippie
    on November 30th, -0001

    The characters are like glass, as they are fragile, and the narrator can “see through” them, even though they can’t see through each other.
    Generally speaking, the narrator in any play is to give a particular point of view and state aloud the things the characters dare not say.
    I’m pretty sure that it was written as a play, not a novel. It’s Tennessee Williams.

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The Glass Menagerie?

Hello everyone, i’m really struggling with some work i have to do about The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. I have to describe how the character’s language sets the tone of the play and shows their personality. I also need to know about the historical influences on the writing such as the second world war armistice etc. PLEASE HELP!!

  1. Kiss
    on November 30th, -0001

    Main Characters

    Laura Wingfield – She is the crippled and very shy daughter of Amanda who keeps her hard pressed to finding a husband.

    Tom Wingfield – As Laura?s sister, he is also pressed by his mother to find his sister a gentleman caller, and to keep the job at the shoe factory to support the family.

    Amanda Wingfield – She is the mother of Tom and Laura and often digresses back to memories of her former days on the southern plantation farm and her night with 17 gentleman callers.

    Jim O?Conner – He is a friend of Tom from the factory who Tom invites to dinner and Amanda treats as Laura?s first gentleman caller.

    Minor Characters

    Mr. Wingfield – He is Amanda?s husband who deserted the family about 16 years ago and is only seen in the play as a large photograph hung on the wall, but he is often referred to.


    The Wingfield house – This takes up most of the stage and the different room are separated by curtains. There is the living and the kitchen.

    The fire escape – This is on the side of the stage and is what the characters use to get into and out of the apartment.


    Tom begins by introducing the play as a memory play of his own memory of his past. He introduces the character. The start of the play shows the Wingfield family eating dinner. Amanda keeps telling Tom to chew is food, and Tom gets thoroughly annoyed and leaves the table to smoke. Amanda tells her story of 17 gentleman callers. The next day, Laura is sitting at her desk in front of the typewriter chart when Amanda comes in angry. She asks Laura about the business college and tell Laura she found out that she dropped out. Laura explains that she couldn?t handle the class and went walking everyday. Later Amanda sits with Laura and asks her about a boy she liked. Laura points out Jim in the yearbook. Later, Tom gets into an argument with Amanda. Amanda cannot understand why Tom goes to the movies every night. Tom says he cannot stand working for the family like he does. Tom makes his speech about being an assassin and leaves to the movies. He returns late at night drunk, but looses the key. Laura opens the door and Tom tells her about the movie and the magic show he saw, giving her a scarf from the magic show. The next morning, Amanda makes Tom wake up as usual and prepares him for his work. Before he leaves, she asks him to bring home a gentleman caller for Laura. That night Tom informs his mother that he asked Jim O?Conner to dinner the next day. The next day, Laura and Amanda prepare furiously for the dinner getting well dressed and decorating everything. At night, Tom arrives with Jim. After they eat dinner, the lights go out and Amanda brings out the candles. Laura sits alone with Jim. They talk for a while, and Jim kisses Laura, but regrets it. He tells her that he is already engaged, and Laura is devastated. She gives him a glass unicorn which was broken during the night. Jim says good-bye to the family and leaves. Amanda is angry with Tom for not telling them that Jim was engaged, but Tom insists that he did not know. Tom leaves never to return.


    The organization of the play is out of the ordinary. Tom?s role as a narrator, character, and stage director is somewhat off the wall, and the use of the screen where the pictures are projected is not common. However, it does serve the purpose well as the pictures set the mood, and Tom acting as a character and narrator allows us to enter into Tom?s mind and his inner world and thoughts.


    The idea conveyed in this play is that of image versus reality. Amanda has a picture of the world and of gentlemen callers but which isn?t a reality in the ghetto?s of St. Louis. Laura has her own imaginary reality. Another philosophy is that of escape. Tom tries to escape, and eventually does in the footsteps of his father. Laura is not seeking as hard to escape as Tom, although it would do her some good to escape her world and Amanda?s. She comes close with Jim, but is devastated and regress back into her world, probably deeper than she was before.


    ?On those occasions they call me – Ell Diablo! Oh, I could tell you things to make you sleepless! My enemies plan to dynamite this place. They?re going to blow us all sky-high some night! I?ll be glad, very happy, and so will you! You?ll go up, up on a broomstick, over Blue Mountain with seventeen gentlemen callers!? Tom says this to Amanda in a fit of rage.

    ?But the most wonderfullest trick of all was the coffin trick…. There is a trick that would come in handy for me-get me out of this 2 by 4 situation.? Tom says this to Laura after coming back drunk from the movies and magic show.

    ?Laura! Why, Laura, you are sick, darling! Tom, help your sister into the living room, dear! … I told her that it was just too warm this evening, but – Is Laura all right now?? Amanda tells this to Laura, Jim and Tom at the dinner.

    ?You know what I judge to be the trouble with you? Inferiority complex! Know what that is? That?s what they call it when someone

  2. Flutterby
    on November 30th, -0001

    ’nuff said

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