The Glass Menagerie By: Tennessee Williams. By: Jack, Donald, and Demi. Author Bio.
By: Jack, Donald, and Demi
Thomas Lanier Williams was born March 26th,1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. Even as a young boy, Williams struggled greatly with his sexuality. His young sister Rose, was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at a young age. After a failed Lobotomy, his sister was left incapacitated for life. This drastically effected Williams and the rest of his life. Thomas later turns to alcoholism and drug abuse that he suffered from for the rest of his life. Shortly after moving to Louisiana in 1939, Thomas changed his first name to Tennessee. As the years went by, Tennessee Williams.
In 1945, his famous play, “The Glass Menagerie”, was performed on Broadway which earned him a major nationwide audience. Williams died on February 25th, 1983 at just the age of 71 in New York City. Drugs and Alcohol were contributed to be a part of his death when he choked on an eye drop bottle cap.
In this first act, Tom is introduced to the crowd in a Merchant Marine uniform and gives a brief description on what is happening currently. He then goes back to his family’s small little apartment and sits down to eat dinner with his mother Amanda, and his sister Laura. Amanda begins to discuss the gentlemen callers that herself and Laura have been looking in too. Amanda wants to find her daughter a man with money to get married off to.
Amanda becomes obsessed with Laura finding a decent man to marry. In order to gain more money, Amanda runs a telephone subscription campaign for a local magazine. Tom finds out that his mother threw out his D.H. Laurence novel. Amanda thrashed back an said, “I will not allow that filth in my house!” But Tom declares he pays the rent and attempts to leave the apartment. Amanda questions were he goes all night and Tom responds back by saying, “out to the movies.”
Tom returns back to the apartment very early that next morning completely drunk. Amanda questions his night and he tells her that he went to the movies and saw a magic show. They both go to bed and Amanda is furious t her son. She makes Laura wake him the next morning because she can not even bear to look at his face.
As the scene begins, the camera pans over the dining room which showed how much effort and time Amanda put into making everything perfect. She does finishing touches to Laura’s gown and tries to relieve her nervousness because Laura realized it was the same Jim that she had a crush on in high school. When the doorbell rang, Laura was forced to answer the door to meet her dinner date. Tom gets Jim’s attention and talks to him of his future career. Amanda asks Tom to go get Laura for dinner and returns to the table that she was ill and not hungry.
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