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Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26 1911 in Columbus Mississippi His father was a shoe salesman who spent a great deal of his time away from the family Williams had one older sister Rose and one younger brother Williams struggled with depression throughout most of his life For periods of his life Williams battled with addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol At a young age he suffered a nervous breakdown and he lived in constant fear that he would go insane as did his sister Rose So as a form of psychotherapy he began writing about his childhood experiences I have only one major theme for my work which is the destructive impact of society on the non-conformist individual Williams once said This theme can be seen common throughout not only his two most successful plays The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire but throughout his own life as well And we can see this very clearly when we look at the dialogue and the relations between the actions in the plays and the actions in Tennessee Williams life The first affinity we will look at is Laura Wingfields relationship to her brother Tom in The Glass Menagerie in comparison to the relationship of Rose Williams to her brother Tennessee In the story Laura Winfield was born with an illness that left her crippled causing her to feel different from everyone else And stemming from this feeling of difference the author explains Lauras separation increases till she is like a piece of her own glass collection too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelfTischler 36 Laura becomes the one in the story who needs to be cared for loved and understood She has a unique charm that somehow keeps her brother Tom home enough to take care of her Amanda Winfield Lauras mother lives in delusions about her girlhood conquestsFalk 48 and is over anxious to have her daughter
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