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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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Quote #4

Tom enters, dressed as a merchant sailor, and strolls across to the fire escape. There he stops and lights a cigarette. He addresses the audience. (stage directions, Scene One).

Tom’s attire at the outset of the play highlights his having escaped – from the apartment and the family.

Quote #5

There is a fifth character in the play who doesn't appear except in this larger-than-life-size photograph over the mantel. This is our father who left us a long time ago. He was a telephone man who fell in love with long distances; he gave up his job with the telephone company and skipped the light fantastic out of town…

The last we heard of him was a picture postcard from Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, containing a message of two words: "Hello - Goodbye!" and no address. (1.1, Tom).

Tom’s father displays no guilt at having made his escape from the family.

Quote #6

Tom speaks from the fire escape landing. (Scene Three, stage directions.)

Tom the narrator often speaks from the fire escape, emphasizing that, at the time he tells the story, he is no longer confined to the apartment and family.

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