Memory, Dream and Family Relations General Introduction & Scenes I-II. The Glass Menagerie. Outline. Tennessee Williams, Historical and Social Background Starting Questions Act I . The Glass Menagerie : Themes, .
Tennessee Williams, Historical and Social Background
Are no longer prevalent today. How are we to understand and sympathize with women who are constrained in such traditions?
Dream and Frustration in St. Louis
Lives in the past of being pursued by a lot of gentlemen (e.g. pp. 1443-44)
Laura 1) clerical work; 2) her insistence that there must be a flood of gentlemen callers to visit her daughter
Delicate and fragile (e.g Scene 2.
Does not share the mother’s dream of having “gentlemen callers” (Not expecting gentlemen callers.)
Both Live in their “glass menageries.”
sympathetic to both her mother and her brother. (pp. 1443, 44, cried for her brother.)Amanda vs. Laura
Her views that the husband has charms and that her daughter should get married
Her criticism of Tom and insistence on Southern aristocratic manners
Father: He is gallantly smiling, ineluctably smiling, as if to say 'I will be smiling forever'. (1441)
Falls in loe with long distances; skip the light fantastic [dance] out of town (ref)
Tom: A self-conscious artist dressed as “a merchant sailor”
Both fall in love with distance.
Cannot stand his mother, but tolerates her. (1443)Amanda vs. Husband and Tom