The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a story of a dysfunctional family of mother daughter and son; confronting with their issues of freedom, reality, and memory. Tom, brother of Laura and son of Amanda, has desires to break free from the family in pursuit of selfish goals, he escapes the reality of his home situation by going to the movies and getting drunk, yet the whole play is narrated in his colorful memory. Laura, sister of Tom and daughter of Amanda, is socially inept and thus spends time in the symbolic fragile world of glass figurines. Amanda, the mother, has an issue with reliving the past in her glory days to escape her present day guilt drawn from the failures and distress of her family. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a play as narrated in memory by the character Tom, who’s reliability as a narrator is questioned as he himself is portrayed seemingly unstable along with the rest of the family. Through memory, everything is distorted as to easily foreshadow or symbolize reoccurring themes of the story. The style of the narration induced with playwright distortion within a dramatic somber family memory. The Glass Menagerie’s place in literature should be held in high regards towards its narrative originality and persistently upheld themes under its peculiar characters and obvious symbolism. The book’s simple comprehensibility is complimented with its striking story of engaged drama, proven definitely a book not to be ignored.
by Eric Y.