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Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie originated in the memory of Williams Williams family embodied his father Cornelius Williams his mother Edwina Dakin Williams his sister Rose Williams and his younger brother Dakin Williams Cornelius was an alcoholic always away from home Tennessee and Cornelius did not have a strong relationship By the late 1920s mother and father were in open warfare and both were good combatants He came home drunk and picked up a bill-perhaps for Toms clothing or schoolbooks-and hed fly into rageSpoto 18 Edwina on the other hand revered refinement and the good manners of Southern gentry Barrons Book Notes 2 Tennessee adored Rose immensely and were close as they could be The Glass Menagerie is based on a mother and her two children who live in a dream world away from society Williams play is drawn heavily upon his family life and experiences they are very much parallel to the events that occur in Williams lifeTom is modeled after Tennessee an ardent poet who works in a shoe factory Williams was passionate about writing HeCornelius saw that Tom devoted to his writing as unnatural for a boy his age worse Tom did not have companions among boys of his own age not did he participate in sportsLeverich 82 Tom tries to support his mother and sister by working in a shoe factory even though he dreams to become a poet His mother disapproved of him writing as well as his father Despite Toms being published Cornelius persisted in his belief that his son was wasting his time and should be thinking of a more practical way of making a livingLeverich 82 Tennesse felt so doleful and devastatingly miserable that he did not know another way of escaping reality but to write At the typewriter he transformed the confusion the bitterness the longings into poems and for a time he cracked out a diary in which he recorded little
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