elements of realism and anti-realism in glass menagerie
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examine how the plays of tennessee williams contain the elements of realism and anti-realism
The Narrator, Tom, appears in 1944. He tells us that this is a memory play, and not realistic. Memory omits details and exaggerates them according to the value of the memory. His memory takes place in St. Louis in 1937.
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Though the style of the play is overwhelmingly nonrealistic, its content is a different matter. Williams also claimed that inventive stylistic devices like those he favored must never lead a play to “escape its responsibility of dealing with reality.” Emotions like Tom’s boredom, Amanda’s nostalgia, and Laura’s terror are conveyed with all the vividness of reality. So are the sorrowful hostility between Tom and Amanda and the quiet love between Tom and Laura. Similarly, the bleak lower-middle-class life of the Wingfield family is portrayed with a great deal of fidelity to historical and social realities. In fact, it often seems as if the main effect of the play’s nonrealistic style is to increase the sense of reality surrounding its content. The play, as Tom says, is committed to giving its audience “truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.”
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