The Theme Of Escape In The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

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Tennessee Williams likes to write about his own experiences because it helps portray the feelings that the character has. Williams explains, “I can 't expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself.” Projecting, Tennessee Williams wrote The Glass Menagerie as a reflection of his own unhappy family life. Most of the characters were based off of people in his family. For example, Laura who’s nickname was “blue roses” was based off of his real sister Rose. Williams also like Tom didn’t have much of a relationship with his father because he too ran off because he liked to work more than parent. Williams own way to escape from this was to write. He wrote the play to release all his feelings that he about the past, so it makes sense that the theme of The Glass Menagerie is escaping. The theme of escape in The Glass Menagerie is shown through the costumes that Amanda wears, the plot of Tom, and symbol of Laura’s glass. Firstly, the theme of escape in The Glass Menagerie is shown through the costumes that Amanda wears. The costume that is the most important to note that Amanda wears is the dress she put on when Jim came over. Williams in the stage directions states she wore, “A girlish frock of yellowed voile with a blue sash” (Williams 769). By using these words Williams creates an image of a dress that was elegant but was dated and had been worn many times because it was “yellowed”. Williams also explains how she has worn this dress to some of her
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