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In the three plays by Tennessee Williams the Glass Menagerie The Long Goodbye and Suddenly Last Summer they all share the same general theme This theme is that no matter how low you are in your life you can always rise above your problems and get your life on the right track In The Glass Menagerie Laura is the one that has to rise above her disability problem She overplays her disability and this is what is holding her down from going onto bigger and better things In The Long Goodbye Joe thinks he just cant write anymore in the beginning but in the end he comes through and rises above his writing problems In Suddenly Last Summer the main character Mrs Venable is suffering from the tragedy of losing her son so she tried to blame her loss on Catherine This also relates to Tennessee Williams life when he was younger Older children mistreated Tennessee when he was young because he was a little different from the other children After this happened he started to write and express his emotions through words rather than fighting back and getting into trouble He rose above his problems when he was young and this characteristic is shown in his three plays previously listed In the first of the three plays The Glass Menagerie Laura expresses the theme of you can overcome your obstacles in life no matter how hard they seem by her actions She has a disability with her legs and had to wear a special support on her leg to help her with it She overplays her disability to the point that she will not go to Business College she is very shy around other people and will barely leave the apartment at all You know how much Laura is bothered by her disability by this quote It was hardly even noticeable Said Jim I just thought it was making a thunderous
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