The Glass Menagerie Essay

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The Glass Menagerie: The Fine Line between Fact and Fiction in the Life of Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie is a play written by Tennessee Williams which was his first written success produced in Chicago in 1944. It tells of a family Amanda the mother, her son Tom and his sister Laura who lives in a small apartment during the Great Depression during the 1930's. America was not the only thing experiencing depression during those passing years. The Wingfield family Amanda, Tom and Laura were each in their own state of depression and each lived in their own glass menagerie. This paper will show how Williams displayed his own life experiences in the characters of The Glass Menagerie and how he used symbolism to express many hidden feelings and secrets of his life.Tennessee Williams was born (Thomas Lanier) in Columbus, Mississippi on March 26, 1911. However, most records of his birth is recorded to be in the year 1914 because he entered a writing contest for writers under twenty five and he knocked three years off his age so he could enter. After that he continued to use 1914 as his birth year. His parents, Cornelius and Edwina Williams lived on the Mississippi Delta with Edwina parents the Darkins. In William's book of Memoirs he states" My first eight years of childhood in Mississippi were the most joyously innocent of my life, due to the beneficent home life provided by my beloved Darkin grandparents, with whom we lived"(11). Living with his grandparents allowed Williams the needed space from his father Cornelius Coffin Williams.Cornelius was a drummer in a Mississippi band and was a heavy drinker. His night job and his daytime job as a salesman kept him absent from the family very often. Then a brief career in the telephone business led him into a job for an International Shoe Company. Life on the Delta came to an end when the family would move to St. Louis to live because of Cornelius's new job. Williams and his father did not have a close relationship. Williams once told a reporter for Newsweek "I write from my own tensions from home and it is my way of therapy dealing with my father" (Weales 8). Williams adds even more insight on his relationship with his father in his book of Memoirs as he recalls" The years he was gone where the most pleasant and the job at the shoe company just cause him to be home more which I hated "(Williams 6). The feelings Williams had for his father caused him and his mother to have a very different relationship.Edwina Williams loved her children as most mothers do. She was very protective of them and because Tennessee suffered from a number of childhood diseases he was not allowed to attend public school for his early years. This caused him to be home with mother under her protective wings. After their move to St. Louis, Williams made friends with a young boy named Albert. The two boys became best of friends until Edwina decided Albert was no good for Tennessee to be around: Mother delivered one of her edicts....

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