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The Glass Menagerie

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  73,598 ratings  ·  1,357 reviews
Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in class ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published June 17th 1999 by New Directions (first published 1945)
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Steve Sckenda
Jul 22, 2014 Steve Sckenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The Pursued
Recommended to Steve by: Mr. Biggers
Do you remember the people you left behind? On lonely nights or during your most introspective moments, do you ever think of the people you failed? Did you escape? Are you free? Does guilt still imprison you?

Tom would have rested from running, but he was chased by the ghosts of the people he left behind. The narrator of this “memory play,” Tom Wingfield, is a poet who is condemned to soul-destroying work in a shoe factory in the years preceding America's entry into the Second World War. Tom set
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Eric Jay Sonnenschein
The Glass Menagerie is a great domestic tragedy with three very distinctive characters--the strong, proud Amanda, the weak and innocent Laura, and the realistic dreamer, Tom. One finds in this play an elegiac portrait of misery, rather than a scalding enactment of taboo. There is no one tragic event here, but a general condition of pathos. Instead of a classic conflict, The Glass Managerie depicts a lack of cooperation. We find in the Wingfield home no crime, but a chronic, aching social and eco ...more
Mariel
Dec 23, 2013 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: savage night at the movies
Recommended to Mariel by: I was a late bloomer I moved in flourishes
The Glass Menagerie is a weird one for me. There's a better word for it than weird. I'm a crap writer though. I'll leave it at that. There's no thesaurus/mindreader thing for what I'm feeling.
There are stories that we know every word of before we've ever read, seen or heard them. The Glass Menagerie is one of those for me. We'd act out scenes and make references like we actually knew what we were talking about. (My mom especially loved the "rise and shine" routine.) Remember that scene in Joe Ve
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Huda Yahya
كل مرة أقرأ فيها لتينسي ويليامز
أقول لما لم أختر مسرحية ليوجين أونيل

فيما عدا عربة اسمها الرغبة
لا أجد لتينيسي ما يشبع نهمي للمسرح
ولا أجد معه المتعة التي عادة ما أنشدها في قراءة المسرحية

لقد اخترت هذه لشهرتها
ولكنني مرة بعد مرة لا أفهم سبب شهرة تينيسي المدوية

تجربة أقل من العادية بمراحل
Rowena
“The scene is memory and is therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.”

I really enjoyed this play, a lot more than I thought I would. It's a very short play but it managed to elicit all sorts of feelings from me,especially pity, mainly because the characters all carried some sort of burden or regret. There's the pushy, aba
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K.D. Absolutely
Early this month, my 15-y/o daughter, Jillian. who is studying in an all-girls school, asked me to write a monologue for the 7-y/o Noli Me Tangere character, Crispin. Each of them in the class was given a character in the novel with the objective of introducing all the characters to the class.

I used to write drama scripts in high school (Alamat ni Mariang Makiling) and college (The Silent Mourner) but those were a 2-3 decades ago. So, to help out, I read that chapter in Noli and wrote one. Jill
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Ahmad Sharabiani
تنسی ویلیامز در تحلیل شخصیت آماندا میگوید: دوزخ در واقع خودِ آدمیست و تنها راه رهایی از آن از خود گذشتگی و مراقبت از دیگران است
و مورد تام: زمانی هست که آدم باید برود، حتی اگر مقصدش نامعلوم باشد
و در مورد لورا: شخصیتهای شکننده و منزوی که از زندگی هراس دارند، در باطن قویترین آدمها هستند
در باغوحش شیشهای هیچکس نمیبیند. همه گویی در رویا گام برمیدارند و تماس خود را با واقعیت تلخ پیرامون از دست داده اند… حتی «جیم» هم در توهم زندگی میکند. جایی در داستان، جیم میگوید: «تکشاخها خیلی وقت است که منقرض شدهاند»
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Nancy
A modern play, to me, about disillusionment. Main characters include Amanda (delusional, childish, dependent, desparate mother), Laura (inhibited, painfully shy daughter), Tom (restless, dreamer, poet, narrator/son), Jim (optimistic, hopeful, gentleman caller). A play about misdirected dreams and ambitions. Amanda places her dreams in her children. Tom places his dreams in adventure and traveling the world like his absentee father. Laura places her dreams of happiness in her glass menagerie coll ...more
Thomas
A lot of the literature I've read for school this year has disappointed me. It's great that we got to read and watch The Glass Menagerie as part of my AP Lit class, because I reclaimed my title as extremely obsessive fanboy extraordinaire.

There's just so much to love in this play. Williams' writing is exquisite and his utilization of symbols leaves myriad room for analysis. His deep and damaged characters call for discussion: Amanda Wingfield, the ambitious and heady mother of Laura and Tom, Lau
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Mahdie Bjr
هرروز صبح كه مي آي به اتاق منو بيدارم ميكني و ميگي: بلندشو جگرگوشه من مثل خورشيد بدرخش، من پيش خودم ميگم: چه خوشبختن كساني كه مرده ان!
واسه خودش شاهكاري بود! رويا بايد انگار هميشه رويا بمونه والا عين تمام واقعيت ها تلخ ميشه...
Rana Heshmati
Dec 31, 2013 Rana Heshmati rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: Boshra
قبلا بحثش را کرده بودیم. سر کارگاه علوم 91 توی غرفه مان؛ زنگ تماشا، و حتی خانم سپینود ناجیان هم حضور داشتند! و حتی فیلمش، اینجا بدون من، راهم دیده بودم.... با این همه، خواندنش کیفی داشت. و نفس داشتن و خواندنش، برایم مثل یک معجزه بود. چراکه دلم می خواست بخوانمش و به هیچکس هم چیزی نگفته بودم.... اما برایم رسید :] از آسمان :دی
ممنونم از خانم توکلی و بشری جانم :)
Connie
This memory play, narrated by an older Tom Windfield, is a look back at events when he was a young adult. Tom's father was "a telephone man who fell in love with long distance" and walked away from his family years ago. His overbearing mother was left to raise their two children. Amanda lives in her memories of being a pampered Southern belle. She does not have the skills needed in the modern world. Amanda worries about her daughter, Laura, who has a limp and is painfully insecure. Laura retreat ...more
DuckieMorroe
I have yet to read a Tennessee Williams play that I haven't enjoyed and this latest one was no exception. I finished it yesterday morning but had to wait a while before I jotted my thoughts down in a coherent manner (let's hope) for this review because the message I got was a personal one for me. Escape. I felt this was the central pulsating theme of this short play. In every scene you feel each character's anxiety as they long to escape to somewhere.

For Amanda it was the past. That was where s
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
One of my favorite plays. I remember talking about it with a friend in high school, where we realized that from his perspective the play was about Tom, and from my perspective the play was about Laura. I guess it just depends who you are and where you are at in life.

(I'm surprised I've never marked this as read before, and now I'll go off on a play spree.)

"Being different is nothing to be ashamed of. Because other people are not such wonderful people. They're one hundred times one thousand. You'
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Anca
First, I've seen the play. That helped a lot in my figuring out Williams' detailed directions. I loved the play when I saw it, meaning I loved loved loved it. Although it added to the Tom-Amanda relationship a more ironical shade and left out the dramatic part in favor of the comic, it didn't (for me) left out possible mind-playing with the actors while reading (I'm probably not making much sense here). Anyway, I rarely meet a piece of writing whose characters' point of views I can totally under ...more
Duffy Pratt
This was part of our required reading in high school, so I never read it. I had a little game then: the challenge was to continue to be a straight A student in English without ever reading any of the assigned work. I got caught only once. We were doing A Separate Peace. After one exam, the teacher was very disappointed with how the class had done as a whole. The day she handed back the exams, she also gave us a pop quiz: 20 multiple choice questions about events in the books. I got an A on the e ...more
Jennifer
Jul 04, 2007 Jennifer added it
Recommends it for: anyone without a lot of spare time
My life has been a bit frought recently and I've been wanting to sit down and read something but haven't had the inclination to dive into anything too big. The Glass Menagerie was on my shelf - it's a short play by Tennessee Williams - it couldn't be more than 100 pages in paperback.

Anyone who knows of Tennessee Williams from seeing his plays will really enjoy reading his work. I thought he was extremely tuned into the characters - and the stage direction was really comprehensive. I got the impr
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Aubrey
3.5/5

A sad, sad trinket of a family bound by dead hopes that are constantly panic-revived into desperation. The mother has dreams for her children that are constantly thrust into them with the forceful insistence of a buzzing gnat; whining reminders of the future and futile efforts of inspiring action through persisting noise. One can either flee the waves of reproach or fully succumb to them, abandon all to find something better or cave in on oneself in full denial of reality. These reactions a
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
“Oh, be careful – if you breathe, it breaks!”

That's what Laura is.. A piece of glass beautifully shaped into an ephemeral structure,which breaks at the slightest wind.. Like glass,she is transparent and devoid of any stains of people of her age and society.. She has no wish of her own,and silently obeys her mother.. What a fragile being she is.! So different from others,and always left to a corner or wanting to be in a corner.. And how all that breaks at the wave of a hand,just like the horn of
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Cathy DuPont
Being a southerner (Florida is in the south, folks, regardless of what the pundits say) I am not a well read southern reader of southern literature. That is unfortunate but a fact I now confess publicly.

However, I have some friends in Jeff Keeten and Mike Sullivan who are both southerners and are very well read on southern literature which, by the way, I consider a stand alone genre. Think they would agree and say the same.

Both are members of the On The Southern Literary Trail, a Goodreads Gro
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Desislava
3.5 stars

This was my second Tennessee Williams play, after A Streetcar Named Desire and although I didn't think it was as good, it was still an interesting read.

The three members of the Wingfield family are all trapped (the mother by her past and the memory of her husband who left her; the daughter by her overwhelming shyness and lack of confidence; and the son by the overwhelming responsibility of caring for his family in a mind-numbing warehouse job). I believe the play is still popular today
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Vanessa
A window into the delicate and often tragic complexity of family dynamics.
Tina Radvand
اولین نمایشنامه ای بود که خوندم خیلی لذت بردم
Shannon
YOYA Code: 5Q 5P

A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts
Most teachers in the secondary English Language Arts classroom that I have observed do not teach plays. Rather, teachers tend to rely on the traditional novel and turn to Shakespeare when teaching a play. While I understand the benefits from reading a novel and teaching Shakespeare, I also notice the benefits from reading other genres from other authors. In fact, reading a play can be an easy way to bring the text to life and engage the stude
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Kat
Basic plot: Despite hardships and misunderstandings, a small family who has seen better days tries to get by without killing each other. Be prepared for a bittersweet ending. Mostly bitter.

The writing in this play is both beautiful and painful. Beautifully poetic, but painful to watch the hardships of the characters. Laura (shy and clubfooted) in particular is a very sympathetic character that makes the reader just want to wrap her up in cotton so she won't break any more than she already has. M
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Sydney Chapters
I just finished reading this for school and I loved it. Tom is now one of my top favorite characters of all time. Now I have to write an essay...
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
I have never loved and read plays before. This was the opening I needed.
I enjoyed reading this play, more so because it reflected the course of my life.
The characters Amanda, Tom and Laura Wingfield.
Amanda is a very insecure parent, especially towards his son, Tom. She always worries that her son might go the way of her husband. She doesn't like to see her son drink alcohol. Her husband was a heavy drinker who ended up abandoning his family by disappearing into the sunset.
She (Amanda) is also wo
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Kirstine
Seeing this play performed is one of the brightest memories I have of going to the theater. I can recall, with near-perfect clarity, the very last scene, and how much it made my heart ache with sorrow. It was made all the more heartbreaking by my wanting nothing more than to mount that stage and hug Tom, to tell him it would be alright, but knowing I was stuck, helpless to merely watch from my seat. Theater will toy with you like that, forcing you to watch when you desperately want to do somethi ...more
Pinky
Zachary Quinto said this was great--he ain't lying!
Realini
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

How many of us live in a Glass Menagerie?
What does The Glass Menagerie stand for?

This is what I think about, now that I try to figure out what this play gave me and how to make sense of it all. One way to look at it may be to consider the fragility of Laura Wingfield and her family as an exception. The other possibility would be to see Amanda, Tom and Laura- mother, son and daughter respectively- as representing all of us. We all feel weak, if not always
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Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...more
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