by Tennessee Williams
Amanda Wingfield believes in the talent of her two children, Tom and Laura. And she believes in her own wealthy and romantic southern-states background. But are these beliefs based on fact? Or are they merely fantasy and wishful thinking?
In reality, Tom is a frustrated warehouse-worker, trapped at home by his family’s poverty and getting drunk every night because he cannot find the peace to compose the poems he wants to write. Laura is a painfully shy cripple, unable to get a job or even talk to people – a girl as fragile and delicate as glass.
The Glass Menagerie is one of the great masterpieces of twentieth-century American theatre – a play about fantasy and reality, about the unreliability and the pain of old memories, and about the lies and deceptions to which we resort in order to preserve our dreams.
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Extract from the script 'The Glass Menagerie'
|I don't do anything – much. Oh, please don't think that I sit around doing nothing! My glass collection takes up a good deal of time. Glass is something you have to take good care of.
|What did you say – about glass? Isn't there something you take more interest in than anything else?
|Well I do – as I said – have my – glass collection –
|I' m not right sure I know what you're talking about. What kind of glass is it?
|Little articles of it, they're ornaments mostly! Most of them are little animals made out of glass, the tiniest little animals in the world.