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Tennessee William - Tennessee Williams Playwright poet and...

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Tennessee Williams Playwright, poet, and fiction writer, Tennessee Williams left a powerful mark on American theatre. He was widely the greatest Southern playwright and “One of the most prominent playwrights in United States after World War II” (Liukkonen). Unquestionably, he was best known for his plays. At their best, Williams gave American unforgettable characters, an incredible vision of life in the South. As we know, Williams always drew on his own life experience to create his characters. In many characters of his plays, we met Williams himself and his family members again and again. It is true that Williams was a man of striking contrasts. His work truly reflects his inner self. The characters in his work were also complex and contradictory. Most of them had the difficulty of accepting reality and the impossibility. In order to present the spiritual and emotional inner world of his characters, he was deeply interested in something he called “poetic realism,” the use of everyday objects which seen repeatedly in the plays. That may be one of his lasting contributions to American dramaturgy. Williams left behind an impressive body of work, including the characters of plays reflected his own world, the theme of the conflicts between illusion, and his use of expressionist devices. Tennessee Williams' plays were influenced by the events of his life. Much of his writing included his involvement with his sister Rose and her relationship with their parents. As Elia Kazan said, “Everything in his life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is in his life” ( Notebook for a Streetcar Named Desire , 1976). The personal events Page 1
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that took place in his life were depicted in his setting, events, themes, and characterization in his plays. In The Glass Menagerie , the play happened in the small St. Louis apartment where Williams spent part of his life. The play told the story of Tom, his disabled sister, and his controlling mother. This family situation was very similar to his family. Williams himself can be seen in the character Tom. Both worked in a shoe factory
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