the glass menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

 “Time is the longest distance between two places.

Author: Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams was a renowned American playwright of the 20th century. His name

refers to the birth state of his father. His major works include A streetcar named desire, For

cat on a hot tin roof, The night of the Iguana, etc. He even won the Pulitzer Prize for A

Streetcar named desire. Most of his characters signify his family members.


About the novel

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams. The play revolves around the theme of travel back and forth in time. The characters Tom Wingfield, Amanda Wingfield, and Laura Wingfield feel alienated in their individual lives. The protagonist of the play, Tom works in a shoe warehouse to back up his household. However, he’s poorly paid and barely appreciated. The characters relate to the motif, unicorn, which looks unique despite their strange attributes. Similarly, the character also feels like a glass menagerie, which when breaks get its significance.


Genre: Memory play

Tone: Narrative, melancholic, metaphorical, etc.

Type: Fictional novel

Year of publication: 1944


Significant themes

The failure to accept reality and reject the illusionary world.

The inability to escape truth and lead the life of a fugitive.

Memory as a power to exert back in consciousness.

Familial bond and nostalgic moments.

Abandonment of relations and desertion of bonds.