The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller.
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4 of 5 stars to The Glass Menagerie, written in 1945 by Tennessee Williams. The play is told from the perspective of Tom, the son of Amanda and brother of Laura, three members of the Wingfield family living in Missouri in the 1930s. Amanda's husband, the and kids father, left years ago and has not been heard from. Both Laura and Tom are in their early twenties. Amanda wants to marry off her daughter, convincing Tom to bring home a friend from work to create a set-up. It fails, as ...more
She is a unicorn among horses. A blue rose among the weeds. A shattered rainbow.
Twice in the text Williams refers to her “fragile, unearthly prettiness” (51, 67).
The stage light that shines upon her has “a peculiar pri ...more
A thing of beauty in Williams' hands will always bleed straight from the heart. His symbols, states of ...more
The way Tennessee Williams pits all of these characters against each other, and how all of their desires come ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Anyway, my copy of The Glass Menagerie has a favourable quote from Arthur Miller on the back, which I think falls under th ...more
(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' ...more
The dysfunctional family portrayed in this drama brought back memories of Williams' own unhappy life while living in St. Louis. It is a story about a mother deserted by her husband long ago, still living in the youth of her past, who is constantly worried about her grown son's nightlife and job stability as well as her terribly shy and slightly "crippled" dau...more
This entire play is based on Tom's memories from the past, and concludes with his final thoughts before moving on from the past.
Amanda Wingfield grew up with many gentleman callers in her younger years, but now that she is older, she constantly reminds her two children of what it was like for her in her youth. She also loves her children dearly, but has strong opinions of what they should be doing in life. She doesn't want her son, Tom wasting time on writing poetry and readi ...more
I must have seen an adaptation of this, somewhere back behind the fog and pines of my past. There was a vague familiarity around this family, sufficiently lit--I gather--to perceive some similitude. It is the screen onstage which makes this work, which rescues another play about a fallen family. Flashing reminders of machination. This imposition is a weighty hand from God indicating the fork in the road. While I could certainly appreciate the plight ...more
I really enjoyed this play looking at what is left of the Wingfield family (Amanda, Tom, and Laura).
Amanda (the mother) reminds me a saner version of Blanche DuBois from "A Streetcar Named Desire". Amanda is caught up in her past of receiving gentleman callers prior to agreeing to marry Tom and Laura' ...more
Although the story Williams tells is very personal for him it is also universal. It’s set during the Depression Era in ...more
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