Tennessee Williams, biography comparison to his life, and his book: The Glass Menagerie

Essay by NitaNotaHigh School, 11th gradeA, April 2004

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" I know I seem dreamy, but inside -- well, I'm boiling. Whenever I pick up a

shoe, I shudder a little thinking how short life is and what I am doing! Whatever

that means, I know it doesn't mean shoes -- except as something to wear on a

traveler's feet!" (Williams 62)

This quote comes from the play: The Glass Menagerie, but yet, it also seems to reflect the

real life of Tennesse Williams. The play: The Glass Menagerie, does in fact, reveal the

life of Tennesse and his family. This is evident through the Story's characters: Amanda

Wingfield as Edwina Williams, Tennessee's mother, Laura Wingfield as Rose Williams,

and Tom Wingfield as Tennessee Williams himself, that the play is based on Tennessee's

family life.

Amanda is the mother of Laura and Tom. She is a vivacious woman who clings

to the memories of her past as a young southern belle.

She quite often recalls her many

gentleman callers, as well as her days being a social butterfly (Williams 8). She is caring

for her children and wants the best for them. The story of Amanda's character could be

best depicted in the way of her quote:

"Well, in the South we had so many servants, Gone, gone, gone. All Vestige of

gracious living! Gone completely! I wasn't prepared for what the future brought

me. All of my gentlemen callers were sons of planters and of course I assumed

that I would be married to one and raise my family on a large piece of land with

plenty of servants. But man proposes---and woman accepts the proposal! To vary

that old, old saying a bit----I married no planter! I married a man who worked for

the telephone company!. . . A telephone man who---fell in love with...