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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie


by Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie Memory and the Past Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a big long monologue.

Quote #7

The play is memory. Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic. In memory everything seems to happen to music. That explains the fiddle in the wings. (1.1, Tom).

Williams uses light to emphasize the subjective and memory nature of the play.

Quote #8

The scene is memory and therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart. The interior is therefore rather dim and poetic. (stage directions, 1.3)

The nature of memory is not only a central theme in the play itself, but also dictates the way in which the play is presented to the audience.

Quote #9

"Sometimes they come when they are least expected! Why, I remember one Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain-" (1.16, Amanda).

To Amanda, memory has a detrimental effect, dragging her away from reality to live in the past.

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