Tennessee Williams – Outcasts in His Plays

More than a half century has passed since critics and theater-goers recognized Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) as an important American playwright, whose plays fellow dramaturge David Mamet calls “the greatest dramatic poetry in the American language” (qtd. in Griffin 13). Williams’s repertoire includes some 30 full-length plays, numerous short plays, two volumes of poetry, and five … Read more

The Glass Menagerie: Symbols

The play The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, Williams uses many symbols which represent many different things. Many of the symbols used in the play try to symbolize some form of escape or difference between reality and illusion. The first symbol, presented in the first scene, is the fire escape. This represents the “bridge” between … Read more

Tennessee Williams Essay Example

The playwright, Tennessee Williams, allows the main characters in the plays A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie to live miserable lives which they try to deny and later change.  The downfall and denial of the Southern gentlewoman is a common theme in both plays. The characters, Blanche from  A.S.N.D. and Amanda from T.G.M., … Read more