Analysis Of Tennessee Williams 's ' The Glass Menagerie '

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Tennessee Williams is considered to be one of the most distinguished American playwrights of the twentieth century. As a Southern writer, Williams used his personal life and experiences as subject matter for many of his stories. Williams? turbulent early life was the basis for many of his plays. As an autobiographical play, The Glass Menagerie depicts individuals not only fleeing from reality, but also escaping from their desperate situations. Escape is defined ?as a means of obtaining temporary freedom from worry, care, or unpleasantness.? 1 Although the Wingfield family fails to accept reality, the characters have their own reasons and methods to escape their hopeless circumstances. Thomas (Tennessee) Lanier Williams III was born on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. He was the second child of Cornelius Coffin (C. C.) and Edwina Williams. C. C. was a traveling salesman, and Edwina was a minister?s daughter. His sister, Rose was born in 1909, and his brother, Dakin was born in 1919. Williams? early life was over-shadowed by his dysfunctional Southern family issues which included his parents? martial problems, his father?s alcoholism, and his sister?s mental condition.
C. C. was a descendent of a prominent Tennessee family, which included John Servier, a Tennessee pioneer and the first governor of the state. His great grandfather, Thomas Lanier Williams, was involved in the formation of the state of Tennessee. C. C.?s military service included…
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