aggressive, obsessed with Southern living, spoiled, loving but smothering woman.
Father: Cornelius Williams
shoe salesman, emotionally absent, abusive, and distant.
emotional and mental imbalance, emotionally disturbed, had a lobotomy in 1936.
was repeatedly favored over older siblings.
Mother: Amanda Wingfield
her life is paranoia, her foolishness makes her unwittingly cruel, there’s as much to love and pity as there is to laugh at.
Father: Mr. Wingfield
remains nameless, abandoned his family.
Sister: Laura Wingfield
failed to establish contact with reality, crippled, fragile: considered part of her own glass collection, and has deteriorated mental health.
perhaps bitter about Dakin and Cornelius’s relationship.
S.1: Biography Continued Williams Vs. Wingfields
The Historian S.2: Time Period THE GREAT DEPRESSION - Worldwide economic downturn - 1929 - 1930s - Originated in the United States - Historians most often use as a starting date the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tues day.
The Historian S.3: Media Incarnations Media Incarnations
scene six page 81 Amanda Wingfield is having a conversation with Jim O’Connor where she is trying to impress him with her Southern accent
she says: “fo this time of year,” “an light food,” “weather calls fo”and “it takes a while fo’ us to adjust ou’selves”.
“ the fire escape is part of what we see-that is, the landing of it and steps descending from it” - Tom as narrator, gives a sense that Tom wants to escape from where he lives
” Mother, when you’re disappointed, you get that awful suffering look on your face, like the picture of Jesus’ mother in the museum “ – Laura
Hyperbole – exaggeration
” Not one gentleman caller? It can’t be true! There must be a flood, there must be a tornado!” – Amanda
Exposition and Metaphor
Shows they have limited financial income and compares home and kids to nest and birds ”Late that winter and in early spring-realizing that extra money would needed to properly feather the nest and plume the bird-she conducted a vigorous campaign on the telephone” (S3.P37)
“ TOM: Listen! You think I’m crazy about the warehouse ? …” scene three pg 41
This passage portrays Tennessee William’s writing style because he writes about characters who are conflicted /confused/not happy with his life
He gave American theatergoers unforgettable characters, an incredible vision of life in the South, and a series of powerful portraits of the human condition. He was deeply interested in something he called "poetic realism," namely the use of everyday objects which, seen repeatedly and in the right contexts, become imbued with symbolic meaning.
Comparison to Hamlet The Glass Menagerie Hamlet