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"The Glass Managerie" Essay

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While searching for an easy way out for this Honors English book report, I wanted to find the shortest book possible. So I ended up with a book that came to be the most beautiful play I have ever encountered. This delicate play is ,"The Glass Managerie", by Tennessee Williams. The book report assignment actually took longer than any other honors book that would have three times as many pages as this one. This was because I was intrigue to see the actual play on video, which was beautifully played out with actress Karen Allen as Laura, and actor John Malkovich as Tom. Tennessee Williams makes all his characters memorable.The story is really short, since it*s a play and takes place only in one room. Only through what the characters say can you find yourself leaving the room. There are three main characters, and only one minor character that comes in the last scenes. Tom Wingfield is the narrator and is a very troubled man. He is Amanda*s son, and their relationship is tense, in which the two bicker back and forth in most of the play. He is a poetic man, who works at a shoe company . He is burden with the responsibility of supporting his lonely mother and disabled older sister. He feeds his dreams of real life adventures by going to the movies and reading books. Amanda Wingfield is a overprotecting but nagging mother of Tom and Amanda. She grew up as a Southern Belle, and longs for her past romantic life with her many gentleman admires, which she tells stories of. She was deserted br her husband, and uses her children as a way to comfort her loneliness. Amanda is very determined to find a husband for Amanda, but first she has to get some gentlemen caller, which are men who are interested in marrying her daughter. Poor Laura Wingfield, who is twenty three years old and crippled with a leg that is slightly shorter than the other. She is very shy and nervous, and like to stay in the house or away from people that*s not her family. She lives for her collection of glass animals and spends most of her time cleaning them over and over again. The minor character is Jim O*Connor, who is thought at first to be Laura*s gentleman caller. He and Laura went to highschool together, and he had a nickname for her, "Blue Roses". Laura had a crush on this high school hero, who has turned into an ordinary man. Tom reintroduced him to Laura, and Laura is in love and there is high hopes for her from Amanda. But things will turn to disasters, because Jim has no interest in Amanda.The plot is very descriptive and precise because the play is so short and there is only a few characters to go around. The play begins with Tom Wingfield introducing the story as a play told from his memory, and he gradually becomes the main character. Tom starts talking about how he is relied upon to financially stable the family, because his father deserted the family sixteen years earlier. The first scene is at the dinner table where Amanda is quarreling with her son about little things....

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