The Dream and Escape of the Characters in The Glass Menagerie

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The Dream and Escape of the Characters in The Glass MenagerieTennessee Williams, also known as Thomas Lanier Williams, was born in Missippi, on March 26, 1911. Williams used to live with his grandparents, since his father was regularly absent from home as he was a traveling salesman. William was fairly a fragile child due to several severe diseases during his childhood, which kept him from attending normal school. As asubstitute, he was found of reading in his grandfathers' library. Unlike his father, who was more of an outgoing, sociable, alcoholic, his mother was calmer, overprotective and attached to her children. Compared to majority authors, Williams used his personal life and experiences as the focus for his plays. For example, he uses his older sister, rose disability which was failure to grow up to describe that of Laura in The Gloss Menageries; where Laura reside in her own worldof gloss ornaments. The Gloss Menageries, written by Williams in the 1940s, is basically a heart breaking drama, where the family struggle with the present, past, future and each other, in a St. Louis's home. The play introduces the main character, Tom, as the narrator, who had to support his family because of his father neglected them when he was a kid growing up. The play continues with his sister Laura, who was timid, somewhat crippled and was lost in thought with acollection of glass ornaments, which drew her away from reality. As the play continues, it shows their mother, Amanda, as loving and caring but her constant nagging made it difficult for Tom to live with them. To begin with, none of the characters in the Glass Menagerie is capable of living in the present, everyday life is so oppressive that each character, through their dreams, retreats into a fantasy world. In my point of view, this essay will examine the reality faced by the characters of Gloss Menagerie and probe how, through their dreams each character attempts to transcend reality.

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