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Intense emotion in scene 3 of "The Glass Menagerie"

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Mohammed Naumann The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie is a tragedy by American playwright Tennessee Williams. In the play there is a scene which involves intense emotion, the intensity is shown through the dramatist?s use of techniques such as characterisation, stage direction/lighting, theme and dialogue. In Scene 3 intense emotion is displayed through a heated argument between Tom Wingfield and his mother Amanda. Amanda is a domineering character how clearly does not appreciate the sacrifices her son has made to provide for his family. It is evident that Tom loves his family but feels trapped and he cannot fulfil his dreams. This key scene highlights the deep conflict within the family and how it has a negative impact. It is evident that a lack of communication between Tom and Amanda leads to an increasing tension between mother and son. Williams? use of dialogue emphasises the intense emotion in this scene and this emotion is highlighted in veing important to the drama as a whole. Tom reacts angrily to an earlier incident when Amanda confiscated his book: ? TOM : Look! ...read more.


Tennessee William?s use of lighting emphasises the intense emotion in this scene. The lighting reflects the intense emotion: ?turgid smoky red glow? ?their gesticulating shadows are cast on the ceiling by the fiery glow ? ?Red? and ?fiery? suggest anger, anger which Tom feels towards his mother. The same way shadows make something bigger, Tom?s anger towards his mother is magnified and this is highlighted through the dramatist?s use of ?gesticulating shadows?. Amanda is concerned that Tom?s bad attitude towards work will threaten the family?s security. Due to her concern Amanda imposes more demands of Tom: ?What right have you got to jeopardize your job? Jeopardize the security of all of us?? Amanda puts the family?s needs before Tom?s own needs, this leads to Amanda always telling Tom how to live his life. Due to the responsibility entrusted upon him as well as the guilt he feels he is forced to abandon his on dreams for the sake of his family and he is unable to escape. He feels trapped. It is evident that the always increasing tension in the house has a negative impact on Laura. ...read more.


The intense tension in this scene is linked with key events in other scenes. It is evident that Amanda is a loving and caring mother, however, despite these good qualities it is clear that Amanda does not truly understand her children. Laura angers her mother: ?You did all this deceive me, just for deception?? Laura has not been attending Business school and Amanda accuses Laura of just her need to defy her mother. Amanda is unable to identify the true reason for Laura?s lack of attendance which is due to her shyness but Laura is not able to confide in her mother because she is so afraid of disappointing her. There is a link between Laura?s truancy and the concern that Amanda has on Tom losing his job. Amanda insists that Laura should try to find a ?gentleman caller? to marry so she does not become old and lonely. ________________ In conclusion, The Glass Menagerie is a play in which there is a scene with intense emotion. The dramatist displays this emotion through his use of character, theme, symbolism and dialogue. 963 words ...read more.

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