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The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams, is a play that is full of various types of themes.

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Abdul Hassan Drama Analytical Essay The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams, is a play that is full of various types of themes. Not only are these themes shown in the characters of the play but they also become instilled in the reader. In this essay there will be three specific themes that will be referred to. The themes will consist of: the difficulty of accepting reality or otherwise known as realism, the impossibility of true escape, and the power of using memory in the play. The first theme that will be discussed is realism. Each member of the Wingfield family is unable to overcome this difficulty, and each, as a result, withdraws into a private fantasy world where he or she finds the comfort and meaning that the real world does not seem to offer. ...read more.


The second theme that will be discussed is the theme of escape. This theme helps drive the play forward. Amanda escapes the reality of her hard life by remembering better times, possibly with most of it not being the truth. Laura escapes by playing with her collection of glass animals, the "menagerie". Tom is the only one in the family who has a chance of truly escaping the life they have lead, but if he chooses this path, he will be leaving Amanda and Laura behind just as his father did many years ago. He thinks of his father as escaping from his family rather than abandoning them and that shows how Tom feels about the position he's in. Of course, by the end of the play, he does abandon his family but he chooses to think of it as escaping. ...read more.


Amanda, too, lives in constant pursuit of her long gone youth, and old memories from her childhood are almost as important to her as the glass animals are to Laura. For these characters, memory is a crippling force that prevents them from finding happiness in the present or the future. The play is about escaping real life. None of the members of the family like their life situation. Amanda always believed her life would turn out well, but it didn't. Her way of escaping real life is to think about and tell stories from her life as a young girl, when everything seemed possible. What Williams wanted to say with this play, is that escaping the real life is not a good option. No matter how bad things seem to be, a person should rather try to solve their problems and do something about it, rather than run away. It is impossible to hide from his or her problems forever. ...read more.

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