The Glass Menagerie Analysis

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The Glass Menagerie Fleeting time, intricate glass, and a shy, crippled girl have nothing in common at first glance, but Tennessee Williams reveals an unlikely connection between the trio in his play The Glass Menagerie. These three items are beautiful beyond nature, but are all so fragile that one must be careful not to disrupt them. Williams uses his memory play to highlight the fragility of time, glass, and Laura. In order to preserve the expressionist style of the work, he provides production notes to assist directors in putting on the play, but many decide to take some creative liberties in their performances. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) cast and director bring Tennessee William’s play, The Glass Menagerie, to life with creative decisions that develop the author’s ideas in a unique manner while maintaining the thematic tradition of the play. “Memory play” is a term coined by Tennessee Williams to describe a play in which the main character narrates the events of the play, which stem from that character’s memory. Memories are relative. Some details about a particular event are more prominent in a memory than other parts. The set at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival reflects this concept. The set is simple with not too many insignificant details. There is a overbearing portrait of the narrator’s smiling, absent father. The sheer size of the picture leaves the audience to wonder if this is a realistic depiction of the portrait or if Tom simply remembers the

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