The Glass Menagerie

identify the reference to historical events occuring at the time of the play's action. How are these events related to the plays central theme?

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The most important historical event taking place at the time of action is the Great Depression. In regards to the play's central theme (and there are a few), the period during which the play takes place is a direct link to specific conflicts in the play. The deep South no longer exists, and yet Tom has been able to move on and the girls haven't. The day of the Southern belle is over, gentleman callers aren't so easy to find, and the opulence of the plantation parties and dances isn't reality...... it's just a memory.


The Glass Menagerie