This statement of Tennessee Williams supports the idea that he incorporates something crippled into all his major characters. In his play, The Glass Menagerie, Williams portrays a crippling mother and child relationship....
Tennessee Williams suggested that during stage productions of "The Glass Menagerie" a film with relevant images and symbols be projected onto a screen behind the actors.
The opening of the play ‘Glass Menagerie’ let the audience know about various elements of the play such as themes, relationships, characters and dramatic conventions.
Davis, " Landscapes of the Dislocated Mind in Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie'," in Tennessee Williams: A Tribute Tom and his sister Laura is symbolically the actual glass menagerie, the play belongs to neither of them.
The glass menagerie itself is a symbol Williams uses to represent the broken lives of Amanda, Laura and Tom Wingfield and their inability to live in the present....
No one- not one?"
-Amanda, pg.10 Imagery Laura is seated in the delicate ivory chair at the small clawfoot table.
-Scene Notes, pg.11 Hyperbole "I just wanted to find a hole in the ground and hide myself in it forever."
-Amanda, pg.12 Diction "You did this all to decieve me, just for deception?"
-Amanda, pg.15 "No, it's in a yearbook."
"Oh- a high school boy."
-Laura and Amanda, pg.16 Seven Literary Devices Author's Purpose "The Glass Menagerie" is a story about Tom and his sister Laura.
Williams’s sanitizing of his past in “The Glass Menagerie,” however, is nothing compared with the director Gordon Edelstein’s current staging of the play, which is more a bowdlerization than an interpretation.
A lack of positive growth for Laura, along with the rest of her family, is the pitfall for Tennessee Williams where he pressurizes kindred desperation in The Glass Menagerie only to produce hopelessness as the ultimate outcome....
Instead, the arena in which the Wingfield family comes to life is a large, frumpy, high-ceilinged hotel room, with scalloped crimson wallpaper on the upstage scrim and a writing table pushed downstage, visible throughout the play.As Williams wrote it, “The Glass Menagerie” begins with the jolt of direct address: a mature Tom, now in control of his talent and his life, looks back at his beginnings.
"The Glass Menagerie" is the first American "memory play" in which a narrator reflects on his past and shares events with the audience in a non-linear fashion.
In The Glass Menagerie Amanda is the matriarch of her small family who appears at first to be a woman who cared about her children’s futures- that is before she becomes so overbearing that she started to hinder her children’s future.
Three well-crafted symbols are the fire escape, which provides hope and an escape to the outside world and from it; the glass menagerie, which is a metaphor for Laura's fragility and uniqueness; and rainbows, which symbolize unrealized hopes and aspirations....
Providing for a family can be an overwhelming responsibility, for there are many pitfalls along the way, some families are able to cope, some are not, and The Glass Menagerie gives us insight into what truly happens to a family when faced with abandonment....
In his play, The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams portrays a southern family in the 1940's trying to deal with life's pressures, and their own fears after they are deserted by their husband and father.
Williams' parallels this play to his true life experience with his own family, which makes The Glass Menagerie an even more tragic version of what happens to a family when love is lost and abandonment is reality.