Essay The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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Set in the 30’s, The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams uses various forms of symbolism to signify numerous different things. The play is set in the apartment of the Wingfield family in the city of St. Louis. Of the Wingfield family, none of them admire staying in the apartment and only dwell due to their state of poverty. The play is the recollection of one of the characters, Tom Wingfield, and his struggle to accept his responsibilities of caring for his mother and sister. Throughout the play as a whole, Williams portrays the aspiration of escaping into an imaginary delusional world by symbolizing the fire escape as a literal departure from their own realities for Tom Wingfield, Amanda Wingfield, and Laura Wingfield. Due to…show more content…
Amanda Wingfield as seeks for the same escape from the empty life she is put into as her high hopes of marrying a wealthy man and having a wonderful, happy family are shattered. The incident leaves her to live her life in regret, bitterness, and paranoia, “the future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don’t plan for it” (Williams, 63). She is shown constantly nagging at Tom’s habits and tries to contour Laura into the girl that resembles herself, regularly trying to control and mold her children into perfection by telling them how to present themselves, how to live life, and how to act, “Try and you will succeed…Why, you – you’re just full of natural endowments! Both of my children – they’re unusual children! Don’t you think I know it? I’m so – proud! Happy and – feel I’ve – so much to be thankful for” (Williams, 49). She lives her life with two fears, one being that Tom will turn out to be like his father. Seeing Tom’s habits, “staying out late – and – well, you had been drinking the night you were in that – terrifying condition” (Williams, 50-51) Amanda gets the fear of Tom growing up to be like his father and abandoning his responsibilities and makes him promise to her, “Promise, son, you’ll – never be a drunkard” (Williams, 49). Amanda’s other fear is told by Laura, “Mother’s
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