THE GLASS MENAGERIE. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS. BACKGROUND. Tennessee Williams born Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911, Mississippi Very close to his sister Rose who suffered from mental illness and had a lobotomy which altered her psychology permanently
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Mr. Wingfield- He is Amanda’s husband who deserted the family about 16 years ago and is only seen in the play as a large photograph hung on the wall, but he is often referred to.
1930s St Louis (Great Depression)
The Wingfield house - This takes up most of the stage and the different rooms are separated by curtains. There is the living room and the kitchen.
The fire escape - This is on the side of the stage and is what the characters use to get into and out of the apartment.
Tom is narrator and a main character. He tells the story as memory.
Memory is selective- we see the play as Tom remembers his past
The use of music, lighting, and props contributes to Tom’s memory
What's the difference between remembering and reminiscing
How is “living in the past” totally different than remembering or reminiscing?
Where do you draw the line? At what point does it become unhealthy (mentally)?