Surname 1Student’s NameInstructor’s NameInstitutionDateThe Glass Menagerie: The Theme of IllusionsThis is a memory play. It revolves around Mr. Wingfield’s family. It includes; Amanda Wingfield, a mother of two abandoned by her husband. Laura Wingfield, Amanda’s daughter who happens to be Tom’s eldest sister (Williams, p. 1-5). Tom Wingfield, Amanda’s son who also happens to be Laura’s younger brother. The fourth character is Mr. Wingfield who does not appear often in the play. He is Amanda’s husband and a dad to Tom and Laura. He happens to have disowned his kin a long time ago before the time the play was set (Williams, p. 2). Jim O’Connor is the final character, he was a close friend of Laura back in high school (Williams, p.23-51). It revolves around the after-life of Amanda and her family after they were abandoned by the person who was supposed to be the man of the house. The family faces a great deal of ups and downs of life like for instance; Laura has an after effect as a result of polio. Her mother, Amanda, is worried about her condition and what the outside world has in store for her. Tom has taken the responsibility of providing for the family. This makes him feel obliged but at some point he wishes to run away to escape from this sad reality. The play thus presents a current setting of a family going through much hardships. It is filled with great memories of a better family some years back. This was when Amanda was young married to Wingfield who seems to have had a stable income to raise his family in an upper socioeconomic class kind of setting. This memories seem to bring mixed feelings.
Surname 2The play portrays a number of issues that are characterized by optimism, hopelessness, dilemma and disappointment that surround this family. Thus many instances of illusions emanates. This comes about mostly as a way of trying to escape from reality. This emanates in almost every character in the play as everyone tries to escape from the fact about life. In most cases they try to create happiness to escape from the cloud of bitterness that surrounds them.