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The Glass Menagerie Pp

  1. 1. The Glass Menagerie Presented By: Cindy Prom, Victoria Keith, Carlos Tovar, Carly Millard By: Tennessee Williams
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>I) The Summarizer: Plot Pyramid – By: Carlos Tovar </li></ul><ul><li>II)The Historian - By: Carly Millard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S.1: Biography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S.1: Continued </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S.2: Time Period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S.3: Media Incarnations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>III) The Stylist - By: Victoria Keith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S.1: Writing Style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S.2: Stylistic Elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S.3: Literary Devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S.4: Passages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IV) Comparison to Hamlet : Venn Diagram – By: Cindy Prom </li></ul><ul><li>V) Performance </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Summarizer Plot Pyramid Resolution Climax <ul><li>Physical setting: The Wingfield apartment in St. Louis. </li></ul><ul><li>Temporal setting: the present and the 1930s. </li></ul><ul><li>Characters: Tom Wingfield (protagonist), Amanda Wingfield (Tom's mother), Laura Wingfield (Tom's sister), Jim O’Connor (gentleman caller) </li></ul><ul><li>Background: The Great Depression in the U.S. (labor crisis, a dissolving economy), and The Revolution in Spain (the massacre of Guernica) </li></ul><ul><li>Tom rises from the dinning table. </li></ul><ul><li>Laura has no gentlemen callers. She speaks about Jim to Amanda. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom brings up his tediousness at the shoe company. </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda finds out that Laura dropped out of school. She becomes obsessed to find a caller for her daughter. </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda asks Tom to find her a caller from work. He invites Jim O’Connor over to dinner. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom doesn’t pay the electric bill. He’s ready to leave. </li></ul><ul><li>Jim breaks Laura’s unicorn and tells her he’s engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda loses her hope that Laura’s future will be secured both socially and financially. </li></ul>Crisis: Jim comes over for 2dinner and is introduced to Laura. She faints at the dinning table. He kisses her. <ul><li>Laure gives the broken unicorn to Jim. </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda accuses Tom of fooling her and Laura. As usual, they fight dreadfully. </li></ul>Tom leaves his family, but is unable to cut his emotional attachment to Laura. Exposition
  4. 4. The Historian S.1: Biography TENNESSEE WILLIAMS     1911 - 1983
  5. 5. The Historian <ul><li>Mother: Edwina Williams </li></ul><ul><li>aggressive, obsessed with Southern living, spoiled, loving but smothering woman.  </li></ul><ul><li>Father: Cornelius Williams </li></ul><ul><li>shoe salesman, emotionally absent, abusive, and distant.  </li></ul><ul><li>Sister: Rose </li></ul><ul><li>emotional and mental imbalance, emotionally disturbed, had a lobotomy in 1936.  </li></ul><ul><li>Brother: Dakin </li></ul><ul><li>was repeatedly favored over older siblings. </li></ul><ul><li>Mother: Amanda Wingfield </li></ul><ul><li>her life is paranoia, her foolishness makes her unwittingly cruel, there’s as much to love and pity as there is to laugh at. </li></ul><ul><li>Father: Mr. Wingfield </li></ul><ul><li>remains nameless, abandoned his family.  </li></ul><ul><li>Sister: Laura Wingfield </li></ul><ul><li>failed to establish contact with reality, crippled, fragile: considered part of her own glass collection, and has deteriorated mental health.  </li></ul><ul><li>Brother: N/A </li></ul><ul><li>perhaps bitter about Dakin and Cornelius’s relationship. </li></ul>S.1: Biography Continued Williams Vs. Wingfields
  6. 6. 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.  
  7. 7. The Historian S.3: Media Incarnations Media Incarnations  
  8. 8. The Stylist <ul><li>S.1: Writing Style </li></ul><ul><li>- Writing style classified as Modified Realism & Southern Gothic </li></ul><ul><li>- Tennessee’s protagonists are out of tune with accepted norms, generally use something like drugs, alcohol, sex-to escape an unfriendly present or recover a dead past </li></ul><ul><li>- Tennessee's plays use Aristotelian terminology </li></ul><ul><li>- Never dull/emotional </li></ul><ul><li>- Protagonists are usually lonely dreamers </li></ul><ul><li>-Memory play </li></ul><ul><li>3 part structure </li></ul><ul><li>character experiences something profound, time loops upon itself, character relives profound experience and makes sense of it </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Stylist <ul><li>Symbols in the play: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Glass: Laura’s Glass Menagerie/transparent to society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Escape: Tom’s need for freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue Roses: A happier time and place for Laura in school with Jim </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jonquils: a reminder of Amanda’s glorious past </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gentlemen caller (Jim) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unicorn: Laura’s uniqueness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scarf: Toms attempt to share his magic and desire for escape with Laura </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Images on the screen: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pictures set the mood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blue roses when Laura is talking about Jim </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sailing vessel to showcase Tom’s longing to escape for his life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music as Laura loves to play her fathers old records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amanda as a young girl to show her privileged past </li></ul></ul>S.2: Stylistic Elements
  10. 10. The Stylist <ul><li>Connotation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>she says: “fo this time of year,” “an light food,” “weather calls fo”and “it takes a while fo’ us to adjust ou’selves”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foreshadowing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simile </li></ul><ul><ul><li>” Mother, when you’re disappointed, you get that awful suffering look on your face, like the picture of Jesus’ mother in the museum “ – Laura </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hyperbole – exaggeration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>” Not one gentleman caller? It can’t be true! There must be a flood, there must be a tornado!” – Amanda </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exposition and Metaphor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul></ul>S.3: Literary Devices
  11. 11. The Stylist <ul><li>“ TOM: Listen! You think I’m crazy about the warehouse ? …” scene three pg 41 </li></ul><ul><li>This passage portrays Tennessee William’s writing style because he writes about characters who are conflicted /confused/not happy with his life </li></ul><ul><li>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 &quot;poetic realism,&quot; namely the use of everyday objects which, seen repeatedly and in the right contexts, become imbued with symbolic meaning. </li></ul>S.4: Passages
  12. 12. Comparison to Hamlet The Glass Menagerie Hamlet