The Glass Menagerie Social Commentary

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The Glass Menagerie Social Commentary

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The Glass Menagerie Social Commentary
When Tennessee Williams wrote his The Glass Menagerie, he intended for it to correlate directly to the everyday lives of the people around him in his time. He was very successful in this aspect. The main aspect of life that Williams intended to apply to his play was the struggle of African-Americans in their everyday life. The characters’ struggles in this play reflect some of the conflicts that black people faced every day in their lives. The social commentary made in this play is about the general roughness of life for them. Due to Williams’ rough life and upbringing as a child, many of the conflicts in this story reflect things that happened to him through his life, and the lives of those around him. Because of his experiences, he was able to let this pour out into his play, which was seen all over by many whites, especially. Tennessee Williams wrote this play intending to make social commentary relating to the struggle of African-Americans in everyday life and his characters showed that by failing to accept reality and by having difficulty escaping from everyday life.

The main form of the American culture that Tennessee Williams devoted this play to was the struggle of the African-Americans. The blacks were just at the beginning of starting to fight for their equality when this was published. As this premiered on Broadway, many whites were exposed to this and other types of literature like it, such as A Raisin in the Sun. Tennessee Williams used his characters to embody the feeling of blacks who were being put down by white people. The social commentary that is being used in this is the rebellion of blacks against white people. Just like Tom Wingfield struggled against his boring daily life, the blacks were struggling against what went on within their lives (discrimination). Laura and Amanda were also symbolized as delicateness and abandonment, which is what Tom did at the end of the play. The two were practically...

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