The Glass Menagerie Analysis

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The Glass Menagerie: On the Edge of Illusion and Reality The Glass Menagerie is a family drama play that was written by Tennessee Williams in 1941-1943. It is an explicit tragedy that introduces us to a dysfunctional family of three: mother Amanda, her son Tom and daughter Laura. It is partially based on Williams own memories from the past. The Glass Menagerie narrator and protagonist is a young man Tom Winfield. He tells the story about Wingfield's family members that are going through there own struggles, failing to connect and support each other in their hardships. Aside from there personal struggles, all characters consciously made a decision to live in detachment from reality, choosing there illusive and falsely convenient perception of the world. Amanda, the oldest family member, spends most of her time dwelling on the past. She is overly concentrated on the events that already happened and dedicates most of her thoughts on pondering and reflecting on her past men and the possibilities she missed. Thus she is absolutely aloof to her actual surroundings. Because of such state of mind, she locks herself in her own hell. Being a women of a very energetic and dynamic personality, Amanda’s vigorous spirit does not have an outlet. She puts a very high expectation on people in her life and her own self: she demands from Tom to become a decent caregiver to the family and from Laura to find a husband, without taking into account their actual wishes and possibilities.

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