Williams, Tennessee: The Glass Menagerie

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The Glass Menagerie Outline: Title: The Glass Menagerie Author: Tennesse Williams Other information: edition for the Vienna English Theatre Type of book: It´s a realistic drama. Subject: The play is about a family consisting of mother, son and daughter, who are - each in a special way - not able to cope with reality. Setting: The story takes place in the thirties in America Characters: There are four characters in the play: Amanda: Amanda Wingfield the mother of Tom and Laura. It is a woman who lives in the past, when she was young and admired, but she is of great ambition concerning her children without really understanding their needs. Her daughter is Laura, a very shy girl, because she is crippled and suffering from an infariority complex. She lives in her own world, The Glass Menagerie, and shuts out everything that might give her troubles. Tom is working in a warehous to support the family. He secretly writes poems and is hungry for adventures, which he finds in the movies. Finally he escapes the dull atmosphere of his home by enrolling in the Merchandise Army. The last character is Jim O´Conner, Laura´s gentleman caller. He is the typical American, a former High-school darling, a good sportsman and very ambitious to get along. Events Plot: The main problem is, that Laura is too shy to face reality. She also stopped to going to school, because of being too nervous. So her mother worries about the future of her daughter and presses Tom, who wants toleave the family to ...

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