The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

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¨Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.¨ This quote by the author of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, describes both The Glass Menagerie, a memory play, and the life of Tennessee Williams himself, for whom memories played a large role in his life. Within the play, many parallels can be drawn between the life of Williams and the life of Tom, the main character, such as a disdain for factory work. In addition, several characters in The Glass Menagerie have a difficult time fitting into the roles that their family and their society places upon them. This same struggle existed for Tennessee Williams his whole life, as he was never able to adapt to the stereotypical role his father had envisioned for him. Furthermore, in writing The Glass Menagerie as a memory play, Tennessee Williams reflects his own fond memories of growing up in rural Mississippi, which, despite the flaws of that portion of his life, is still a portion of his life that he wishes to be able to relive. Overall, The Glass Menagerie is reflective of the life of Tennessee Williams in numerous ways, and personal qualities of Williams are exemplified in the characters and the plot of the play. Tennessee Williams likely based the character of Tom off of his own character, which is reflected through Tom several times during the play, such as through Tom’s disdain for factory work. It is widely believed by scholars that Tennessee Williams
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