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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a touching play about the lost dreams of a southern family and their struggle to escape reality The play is a memory play and therefore very poetic in mood setting and dialogue Tom Wingfield serves as the narrator as well as a character in the play Tom lives with his Southern belle mother Amanda and his painfully shy sister Laura The action of the play revolves around Amandas search to find Laura a gentleman caller The Glass Menageries plot closely mirrors actual events in the authors life Because Williams related so well to the characters and situations he was able to beautifully portray the plays theme through his creative use of symbolism The Glass Menagerie reflects Williamss own life so much that it could be mistaken as pages from his autobiography The characters and situations of the play are much like those found in the small St Louis apartment where Williams spent part of his life Williams himself can be seen in the character Tom Both worked in a shoe factory and wrote poetry to escape the depressing reality of their lives and both eventually ended up leaving One not so obvious character is Mr Wingfield who is the absent father seen only by the looming picture hanging in the Wingfields apartment Tom and Williams both had fathers who were as Tom says in love with long distances Amanda an overbearing mother who cannot let go of her youth in the Mississippi Delta and her seventeen gentleman callers is much like Williams own mother Edwina Both Amanda and Edwina were not sensitive to their childrens feelings In their attempts to push their children to a better future they pushed them away The model for Laura was Williams introverted sister Rose According to Contemporary Authors the memory of Rose appears in some character situation symbol or motif in almost every work after 1938 Edwina like
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