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It Has Been Said That Tennessee Williams' Plays Are 'full Of Hate, Anger And Envy'. How Far Is This True In Scene Three Of 'the Glass Menagerie'?

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For a play to be full of anger, hate and envy implies that there is no room for other emotions such as happiness, sympathy and sadness. It implies that the play revolves around hateful, angry and envious characters and that the audience feels no other emotions reflected from the characters other than hate anger and envy. This is true to some extent. In scene three of 'The Glass Menagerie' (set during a blazing row), these emotions are expressed rather vividly. Tom hates the situation he has been placed in; that is, he hates the way his life is heading. He 'would rather someone picked up a crowbar and battered out (his) brains'. The scene is constructed with these violent references to death and hurt regarding the situation he is in. Tom states that he 'envies dead people', and it is very clear that Tom and Amanda are angry with each other throughout this scene. The stage directions are very effective in surfacing the anger in the scene, the 'violent voices', an awful voice' and speaking 'shrilly' not only tells the actor how to speak, but enhances the anger in the scene. The repeated use of verbs to describe the single emotion - anger makes clear the fact that both parties are angry. In a play centred on symbols and actions, these ingredients into the overall effect of anger on the stage will emphasise to the audience the true anger and hate in this scene. Also, the writing of words in block capitals when spoke by a character, for example, 'BUT I WONT ALLOW SUCH FILTH BROUGHT INTO MY HOUSE' mixed in with the use of italics, 'I've got no thing' is another indication to the anger that will be emphasised in the voice. Certain words that are stressed in the sentence make the impression on the audience. For example, 'no thing' will be spoken differently by the actor playing Tom ensures that this in particular should be remembered by the audience. The emphasis on certain words, I think, brings out the motivation of a character more effectively in a scene. It is emphatic and makes the audience more interested in the plot. I think that it helps the audience to pinpoint the anger in the conversation, it is a clever device. It also highlights some of their characteristics. The fact that the line is in capitals and it spoken loudly emphasises narrow mindedness. She is in such an angry state of mind that she is only thinking from her point of view and sticking by it - perhaps we are seeing stubbornness in the character of Amanda. Also, the italic or stressed words in some of Tom's sentences, 'by night a dynamic czar of the underworld, Mother' would, I think be stressed in such a way by the actor that we will see a sarcastic side to Tom. However, I believe that the anger would is still apparent, it would be on a stem from the root of anger in Tom.Again, the stage directions are a very effective way to add a sinister atmosphere of anger to the scene. As the scene develops and the emotions unfold (are made clearer and developed), a sinister image of hell is...

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