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Essay | Escaping Reality in "The Glass Menagerie"

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Escaping Reality in "The Glass Menagerie"

Summary: Plot summary of Tennessee Williams's play "The Glass Menagerie," which is about the economic status and desperation of an American family living in St. Louis during the 1930s. Each of the play's three main characters have ways to escape their grim reality. Laura, for example, retreats into herself and identifies herself with her glass animal figurines.
In Tennessee Williams's play, The Glass Menagerie, he reflects upon the economic status and desperation of an American family living in St. Louis during the 1930s. Williams portrays three characters: Amanda Wingfield, the disappointed mother; Tom, the narrator and trapped son; and Laura, the crippled daughter. Williams compares the Wingfield apartment to "one of those vast hive-like conglomerations of cellular living-units..." a reminder to each character of the harsh reality of their life (epilogue.1972). Although they strive for escape from the same situation, each character has a way of dealing with hardships that are symbolized throughout the play in various ways. William's use of symbolism emphasizes one of the main themes; escaping reality.

The play begins with Tom introducing characters and giving a brief explanation of the time and setting. He makes a special point to introduce a fifth character, seen only in a...

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