Music in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Essay

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Music in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams "Legend: 'Terror!" many people wouldn't even know what a legend is let alone what this phrase means. In the play 'The glass Menagerie" written by Tennessee Williams, legends which are short phrases or words, and images are projected on a special screen device that is specified for this certain play. This play has four main characters including Amanda, Tom, Laura and Jim who is also known as the gentlemen caller. The play is a memory play and includes a vast variety of visual and musical effects to create the feeling of memory as well as many other emotions and atmospheres. Even though some critics believe that the visual and musical effects used in 'The Glass Menagerie' are…show more content…
The stage directions become quite poetic when William's describes the set "that flower as warty growths in overcrowded urban centres." Some of the set that is described is very precise such as the hanging picture "of a very handsome young man in a doughboy's First World War cap," it goes on to say "He is gallantly smiling as if to say, 'I will be smiling forever." This gives detailed information on how the director should have the person in the picture smiling. This is the picture of Tom and Laura's father. The cap also suggests the historical context because if their father has a cap from the "First World War," it can't have been that long since the First World War took place. As the play is a memory play the lighting is usually quite dim to give an atmosphere. However in certain parts of the play the lighting becomes focused on certain characters. A clear example of this is during scene three, where Tom and Amanda are quarrelling about Tom's job. Even though Laura does not say anything, some would argue that she is the most important character in the scene. This is due to the "clear pool of light on her figure," she is also has "clenched hands and a panicky expression." She is obviously worried about the argument between her mother and her brother. The white light could suggest her innocence, virginity or her pureness but many would say it suggests all these things and she resembles a holy angel. Amanda buys a rose coloured lamp to go in
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