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Tennessee Williams plays were influenced by the events of his life which include his illness his sisters breakdown his family relations his reaction to fame and also his relationships with men and women The personal events that took place in his life were depicted in his setting events themes and characterization in his plays To many Williams is just another playwright but to others hes a playwright with interesting views One author says I am convinced that Williams is the most important playwright writing in American today Kahn Pg 71 while another disagrees and says Williams writing reflects a continual preoccupation with the same themes the same kinds of characters Weales Pg 19 While Williams life has an influence on his plays it has a negative and positive influence Williams plays are a torrent of his emotions and frustrations reenacted yet it is also the truth on how the pragmatic world is While Williams plays are continual preoccupations with the same themes they are full of pragmatic ideas which help the reader realize the truth about life It was in Clarksdale that Tom was struck by a serious illness which affected his life in a strange way Gould Pg 226 At age five Tom suffered from Diphtheria which left him week kidneys and paralyzed legs Gould Pg 226 Because of this illness Tom withdrew from the world He couldnt play sports like his father wanted him to which led to a bad relationship with his father so he was forced to his books and the world of imagination At age eleven he also withdrew from his family except for his sister Rose and he started writing stories Toms illness led him to the characterization of his play A Glass Menagerie In this play one of the characters Laura suffers also from the same illness as Tennessee She is crippled and walks with a limp and a brace This character is basically made up himself and
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