• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Commentary on 'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams- Scene One.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Commentary on 'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams- Scene One Tennessee Williams led an unusual and for the most part miserable life, never being able to fit in with the boundaries of society. He portrays his feelings about society and poverty and how it binds us to a routine sort of life and through Tom shows how we can break away from it all- but also shows us the price we end up paying for running away. The opening scene of the play begins with a narrative on the lifestyle and living condition of the Wingfield apartment. The description of the building and apartment alone, gives us an idea of appalling living conditions were during the year of the Great Depression. Tennessee Williams uses words such as "hive-like" and "cellular living-units" and "warty growths" that gives us a sketch of what living conditions were like. ...read more.

Middle

The possible reason he was dressed like this is to prepare the audience for what will happen as the play proceeds, that is to say that Tom will leave. When Tom begins to address the audience directly, it is understood that Tom is a narrator as well as a character in the play. We realize that this play, being a memory is going to be bias, because everything will be filtered through Tom's mind and how he remembers things. The dual use of Tom as a narrator who is withdrawn from the play and a character, who takes part in the play emotionally as well as physically, makes the play even more interesting but makes it hard for us to understand Tom and why he is the way he is. As Tom he begins his speech in his narrative role to the audience, he talks about casting illusions around truth. ...read more.

Conclusion

that she has such a low self-esteem which is caused by the fact that she is crippled, and her mother's choice to ignore this default in her daughter. The father's picture is blown up, to show that he is a memory that even when tried, cannot be forgotten. The last the family ever heard of the absent father were the words "hello...goodbye" in a postcard from Mexico, showing how little remorse he felt for leaving his family. Although it is easy to say that Tom followed his footsteps, Tom had never ending guilt on his conscience for the rest of his life- proving that he was not his father and that he did care plenty about Laura and he regretted leaving her as he mentions in his ending speech, "Oh, Laura, Laura I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful then I intended to be!" Thus, are we introduced to the play- it's characters, settings and themes through this scene. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Glass Menagerie section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Glass Menagerie essays

  1. Significance of Last Scene in The Glass Menagerie

    Laura is devastated, "the holy candles in the altar of Laura's face have been snuffed out. There is a look of almost infinite desolation." Her only chance of self-fulfillment is destroyed and she gives the broken unicorn to Jim as a "souvenir", almost as a reminder of her broken world.

  2. The importance of theatrical devices in the staging of 'The Glass Menagerie'

    Thus, the fact that the play exists at all is a testament to the power that memory can exert on people's lives and consciousness. Indeed, Williams writes in the Production Notes that: "Nostalgia . . . is the first condition of the play." ('The Glass Menagerie', Production Notes, page 8)

  1. The Glass menagerie - 'Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is ...

    In our evaluation of the play, however, we must also assess the degree to which the play is memory. Although the basis and content of The Glass Menagerie is realistic, it is essentially a 'memory play' and the way in which it is presented is 'sentimental' and 'not realistic'.

  2. Important Symbols and Themes of The Glass Menagerie

    This is where Tom's first transition takes place. Up until this time Tom had merely been dreaming of a future doing what he wanted to do, simply dreaming of putting all of his miseries behind him and being free. He had not taken any real definite steps in the direction of achieving his goals, sure he paid his

  1. Relationships in The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams.

    Amanda's dreams reflect her past, Tom's dreams reflect his past and present (he wants them to be his future). This shows us that both of their characters undermine the other. "...the future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret..."

  2. What kind of Play is The Glass Menagerie?

    takes a technique for understanding those problems and transforms it into a means of theatrical illusion. * We could argue that these techniques, by drawing attention to The Glass Menagerie as a piece of theatre show us, by analogy, that social life too is theatre and can be changed, that is not set in stone.

  1. In the memory play "The Glass Menagerie", by Tennessee Williams, the author is giving ...

    After dropping out of business class, she wondered around to different places representing illusion and fantasy. Because of the lack of self confidence, she never has "gentlemen callers," for what her mother was tremendously wishing for. Laura lives in a world surrounded by glass and doesn't come out of her shell.

  2. Discuss the dramatic impact of Scene One in the Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams ...

    This relates to Laura and how she feels outside the apartment. She does not like being in crowds and is very shy. The director of the play may set the stage as having the dark alleys surrounding the apartment, to make it look as if it is closing in on

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work