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Portrayal of Tennessee Williams Life Experiences in his Works To many Tennessee Williams is just another playwright but to others hes a playwright with interesting views Williams One of the most prominent playwrights in United States after World War IILiukkonen inserted many of his own personal experiences into his writing It is the haunting and powerful life experiences included in Williams writing that makes him one of the greatest playwrights in the history of the American drama Tennessee Williams plays were influenced by the events of his life Many of his writing included his involvement with his sister Rose and her relationship with their parents as well as his homosexual lifestyle The personal events that took place in his life were depicted in his setting events themes and characterization in his plays In Clarksdale Tennessee was struck by two serious illnesses Diphtheria and then Brights disease which left him with weak kidneys and paralyzed legs Leverich 42 Tennessees illness led him to the characterization of his play A Glass Menagerie In this play one of the characters Laura also suffers from Brights disease She is crippled walks with a limp and wears a brace This character is basically composed of himself and a mixture of other people including his sister Rose In the play Laura is a shy introvert who spends a lot of her time playing with her glass figurines Her mother Amanda is constantly on her case trying to persuade her to find a husband The relationship between Laura and Amanda is identical to that of Rose and her mother Edwina Rose should have gentlemen callers as she herself had had and should marry the right man as she had not Leverich 142 This perpetual nagging from their mothers is one cause of both Lauras and Roses eventual mental breakdown Tennessee Williams also included the relationship between Rose and their father in some of his writings Cornelius was not an ideal parent
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