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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
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Apr 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: drama
Recommended to Erik by: Einar Graff
Recommended for: William's fans
Read in January, 1957 , read count: 1

I first saw this play on educational television in its 1950 version as a very young person. The set was small, black and white. Presumably my parents were watching it and I had nothing better to do. Later, in high school, I read it.

The viewing of the teleplay was traumatic, burned into memory as quite upsetting. Laura, a grown person, acted like a child but she wasn't playing. That got to me. When it became clear she was really being herself, that she was locked into such behavior, I felt very sorry for her. Her mother, Amanda, was obnoxious, crazy like one of my great aunts--the great aunt whose behavior led to menopause being explained, sort of, to me for the first time. Tom, the brother, seemed normal, but not nice enough. I could see why he wanted to leave, but felt so sorry for Laura that I wished he'd take care of her. Jim, the guest, was less a person, more a figure seen from the outside. Being little, the sexual-romanitic element was beyond me, but I could understand love as having to do with being cared for. Someone nice had to take care of Laura, but no one would or could.
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