The Glass Menagerie

How does Tennessee Williams describe the set?


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Williams describes the Wingfield apartment, a small unit in a crowded urban area of St. Louis. A fire escape is visible, as well as the narrow alleys flanking the building; through the transparent fourth wall, the audience can see the Wingfield living room and dining room. A large photograph of the family's absent father is on the wall. Also visible is a large collection of transparent glass animals, Laura's "glass menagerie," for which the play is named. There is a phonograph, along with some old records, and a stenography chart with a typewriter. During the opening, the transparent fourth wall ascends out of sight.


The Glass Menagerie