Presentation on theme: "Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams. About the Author Born Thomas Williams in Mississippi Nickname given to him in college because of his Southern."— Presentation transcript:
About the Author Born Thomas Williams in Mississippi Nickname given to him in college because of his Southern roots Average student and social outcast, Williams turned to writing for comfort
Plot Overview Memory play- action is drawn from memories of the narrator (Tom Wingfield)
Characters Tom Wingfield- (narrator), aspiring poet, works at a shoe store Doesn’t like his job and escapes through alcohol, literature, and movies Amanda Wingfield- Tom and Laura’s mother, clings to memories of her Southern past Laura Wingfield- Tom’s sister, has a bad leg, wears a brace, and walks with a limp, collects glass figurines
More Characters Mr. Wingfield- Tom’s father, worked for a telephone company, abandoned the family years ago and never appears on stage- only a picture in the living room remains Jim O’Connor- friend of Tom and Laura, works with Tom at shoe store, devoted to personal success and achievement
Themes Difficulty of accepting reality Impossibility of true escape Power of Memory
Symbols Laura’s Glass Menagerie (collection): represents Laura’s personality- fragile, old- fashioned, delicate Glass Unicorn: Laura’s favorite piece, represents her strangeness (unicorns are not real) Blue roses: Jim’s nickname for Laura, represents Laura’s strangeness, yet allure Fire escape: escape from the frustrations and dysfunctions of family
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