Tennessee Williams, Biography Comparison To His Life, And His Book: The Glass Menagerie

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" I know I seem dreamy, but inside -- well, I'm boiling. Whenever I pick up ashoe, I shudder a little thinking how short life is and what I am doing! Whateverthat means, I know it doesn't mean shoes -- except as something to wear on atraveler's feet!" (Williams 62)This quote comes from the play: The Glass Menagerie, but yet, it also seems to reflect thereal life of Tennesse Williams. The play: The Glass Menagerie, does in fact, reveal thelife of Tennesse and his family. This is evident through the Story's characters: AmandaWingfield as Edwina Williams, Tennessee's mother, Laura Wingfield as Rose Williams,and Tom Wingfield as Tennessee Williams himself, that the play is based on Tennessee'sfamily life.Amanda is the mother of Laura and Tom. She is a vivacious woman who clingsto the memories of her past as a young southern belle. She quite often recalls her manygentleman callers, as well as her days being a social butterfly (Williams 8). She is caringfor her children and wants the best for them. The story of Amanda's character could bebest depicted in the way of her quote:"Well, in the South we had so many servants, Gone, gone, gone. All Vestige ofgracious living! Gone completely! I wasn't prepared for what the future broughtme. All of my gentlemen callers were sons of planters and of course I assumedthat I would be married to one and raise my family on a large piece of land withplenty of servants. But man proposes---and woman accepts the proposal! To varythat old, old saying a bit----I married no planter! I married a man who worked forthe telephone company!. . . A telephone man who---fell in love with long-distance!" (Williams 64)It is through this quote that another story unfolds, the story of Edwina Williams.The character of Amanda Wingfield portrays Tennesse Williams real mother,Edwina Williams, almost to a tee, Edwina Williams, mother of Tennesse and Rose, wasalso an exuberant southern belle and social butterfly. In the play, Amanda is a member ofthe Daughters of the American Revolution, as was Edwina (Leverich 25). Like Amanda,she too dressed elaborately, with clothes from her youth. In the play, Amanda loves toobtain all of the attention, preparing dinner and then fixing herself up before serving it(Williams 53). Edwina was one in the same. Edwina, before she served dinner, wouldalways take a bath, change into a dainty dress, and then serve dinner to impress herhusband (Leverich53). The only sign of Amanda's husband is a picture in the living roomfor he was a traveling telephone man (Williams 64). Edwina's husband, Cornelius, was atraveling shoe sales man, yet at one time, he too worked for the telephone company. Forthe most part, Edwina's husband was never around. Fundamentally, apart from Edwinaand Amanda, there is another parallelism to the play, A similarity between Laura andRose.Laura Wingfield is the daughter of Amanda and the sister of Tom. Laura isemotionally and physically crippled, aside from with the weight of being immensely...

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