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AS and A Level: Glass Menagerie

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  1. "His nature is not remorseless, but to escape from a trap he has to act without pity." Consider Tennessee Williams' presentation of Tom in the light of this statement

    Tom's actions throughout the play cement his quiet, caring nature, except for the odd argument, although even when he loses his temper completely he never strikes anyone, but does have some quite cutting things to say. However, at the end, he does the unexpected, leaving his mother and sister to fend for themselves. I do not believe this makes him remorseless, as he is within his rights to leave, and Laura isn't completely helpless - only in her mind (Jim's analysis of inferiority complex was quite a good guess, although probably by sheer chance)

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  2. How does Williams present the relationship between Amanda and Laura in Scene 2?

    Laura is crippled - we are given the impression that it isn't particularly serious, but conversely, nothing to be brushed lightly aside either. Amanda's inability to accept this fact creates a tension between not only Amanda and her daughter, but Tom as well - who feels he has to protect Laura from her mother's "ambitions" for her. It is important to realise that Amanda does know her daughter is crippled, but just cannot accept the fact that this disability could have a very real negative effect on her daughter's life.

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  3. Writing from the perspective of a director, about to brief the production team for"the glass menagerie", explain in detail your initial ideas for the interpretation of the playwright's stated intentions for the creation of "memory" play.

    This relates to some productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when the would is made to appear larger than life to give a feeling of intimidation towards the character's and to highlight the lovers and mechanicals are in a different world; the world of the fairies. It also accentuates Laura's feelings of lack of control over her mother when Amanda forces her to stay seated at the table. Laura's chair should be smaller than Amanda and Tom's as they do not lack in confidence and this creates a contrast in their personalities.

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  4. In The Glass Menagerie Amanda is a bad parent who puts her own needs before her childrens. Discuss.

    Such as, Tom was forced into finding a job at the warehouse in order to support both his mother and his sister, effectively taking over the main parenting role of Laura. This can be seen when Amanda states how as soon as Laura is provided for, married and independent, then Tom will ?be free? to go in the direction he so desires. As a parent, Amanda displays key characteristics such as selfish and domineering behaviour. This can be seen directed mainly at Tom throughout the play and a key example of this behaviour is how she expected Tom to give

    • Word count: 768
  5. How and to What Effect are the Key Themes of The Glass Menagerie Presented in Scene One?

    This not only helps us to distinguish the contrast between the past and the present, but reflects how the memories which the character of Tom will be showing us are coated with unhappiness and pain, and creates the effect of a thoughtful, slightly morose mood. Furthermore, Williams? precise and detailed descriptions of the stage setting, such as ?murky canyons of tangled clotheslines, garbage cans, and the sinister latticework of neighboring fire escapes? allow him to achieve a dreamlike atmosphere, as opposed to straightforward realism.

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