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A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menageries were written by Tennessee William in the late Thirties where the depression made countless of people struggled in poverty Both of the plays used the typical American family during the Thirties as the background setting There were many similarities between the plays including characters and events Did Tennessee William write the same play twice Or did the plays each hold a different meaning underneath Before analyzing the two plays we must first analyze the characters Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menageries have a lot of similarities throughout the two plays Blanche and Laura are both living in a separate world from other people Blanch is living in a world of fantasies while Laura is living in her world with all the glass Menagerie Blanche seeks for desires and fantasies only because she feels she murdered her husband Laura lives in her world of glass animals only because of a disease that gives her a slight physical defect They are mentally and physically crippled and they want to use illusions to deceive other people In P117 Blanch said I dont want realism I want magic Yes yes magic I try to give that to people I misrepresent things to them I dont tell truth I tell what ought to be truth Laura does the same thing where she deceives her mother She lies to her mother about going to the Business Collage just like Blanche lies to everyone else about her past In The Glass Menagerie the unicorn represents Laura She is different from all the others and she would not be able to fit in with the others She is too sensitive and shy a very fragile being Blanche in the play does not fit in with the rest of the people in the community either She cannot tolerate the way husbands treat their wives in New Orleans and
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