By Tennessee Williams
They're filled with the belief of lifestyles because it is, and the fervour for all times because it needs to be, that have made The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire classics of the yankee theater.
Only the sort of performs (The Purification) is written in verse, yet in them all the method of personality is in terms of poetic revelation. no matter if Williams is writing of derelict roomers in a brand new Orleans boarding residence (The girl of Larkspur Lotion) or the stories of a venerable touring salesman (The final of My stable Gold Watches) or of antisocial young children (This estate is Condemned), his perception into human nature is that of the poet. He can compress the elemental which means of life—its pathos or its tragedy, its bravery or the standard of its love—into one small scene or a couple of moments of dialogue.
Mr. Williams's perspectives at the position of the little theater in American tradition are contained in a stimulating essay, "Something wild...," which serves as an advent to this assortment.
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In later plays, Williams will give us birds—ﬂocks of nightingales and canaries—that symbolize an escape of a very speciﬁc sort. The only escape from suffocation or middle-class stuffiness, in Auto-Da-Fé is a ﬁery death. If, however, there was to be no earthly deliverance from the terrifying depths of Williams’s feelings, in Auto-Da-Fé there was at least a new willingness to admit their existence. This is a major step forward. What is still missing is another kind of escape: an escape from the conventions of theatrical realism.
Instead, it has become one for her son: His writing takes him far away from the desperate conditions of his home life. Just as Laura’s ability to withstand all of her mother’s plans to “socialize” her indicates the strength of her will, so Tom’s ability to write—to escape within himself—at a kitchen table with absolutely no privacy suggests his. The difference, here, between Tom and Laura, is that while Laura’s will power is limited to escaping into an interior world, Tom has a second outlet for escape, outside himself.
His inner turmoil, however, was not concerned exclusively with homosexuality. He had difficulty trusting others and, with time (and with an increasing dependence on drugs), distrust would balloon into fullblown paranoia. ” Most desperately, he suffered an enormous, life-long guilt over his sister’s tragic fate. Why had she gone mad and not him? The guilt itself would drive him to the edge of the madness that ran on both sides of his family. He was at least partially convinced that madness would eventually overcome him as it had devoured Rose.