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Through The Looking Glass: The role of memory in the Glass Menagerie. By: Taryn Schreiner Jessa Southland Josh Musick Shelby Baxley.

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through the looking glass the role of memory in the glass menagerie

Through The Looking Glass: The role of memory in the Glass Menagerie

By:

Taryn Schreiner

Jessa Southland

Josh Musick

Shelby Baxley

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Thesis: “..Tom would have become a protagonist whose remembrance of familial things past was truly subjective, distorted, dreamlike or even nightmarish, and totally self-generated, a fantastic journey through the minds inner reaches as well as the world’s outer ones.”

should this play include the screen projections when staged
Should this play include the screen projections when staged?

Yes, it helps show the audience that the play is based on Tom’s memory and is subjective to Tom’s view point.

main claims
Main Claims
  • The play is Impressionistic (not expressionistic)
  • The truth is never directly questioned during the play.
  • The play relies on realism.
impressionism
Impressionism
  • “Expressionism and all other unconventional techniques in drama have only one valid aim, and that is a closer approach to the truth.”
  • “As it stands, however, Tom’s memories are not expressionistic but impressionistic.”
questioning the truth
Questioning The Truth
  • “The Glass Menagerie may be a memory play… but it does not question the reliability of memory..”
  • “Like undisguised realism and naturalism The Glass Menagerie never questions its own.”
realism in the play
Realism In The Play
  • The Glass Menagerie is “a straight realistic play with its genuine Frigidaire and authentic ice-cubes, its characters who speak exactly as its audience speaks.”
  • “The actions may appear to be impressionistic or ‘non-realistic’ (though hardly expressionistic) but this is realism by any other name.”
family drama and american dreams by tom scanlan
Family, Drama, and American DreamsBy Tom Scanlan

“The projections and lighting keep the effect slightly stylized during the scenes, the fragmented structure blocks us from too long an absorption in the action, and the re-appearance of Tom as a narrator forces us back to the present.”

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