Themes Of Tennessee Williams Essay Research Paper

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Themes Of Tennessee Williams Essay, Research Paper In the three plays by Tennessee Williams the Glass Menagerie, The Long Goodbye, and Suddenly Last Summer, they all share the same general theme. This theme is that no matter how low you are in your life you can always rise above your problems and get your life on the right track. In The Glass Menagerie, Laura is the one that has to rise above her disability problem. She overplays her disability and this is what is holding her down from going onto bigger and better things. In The Long Goodbye, Joe thinks he just can’t write anymore in the beginning, but in the end he comes through, and rises above his writing problems. In Suddenly Last Summer, the main character, Mrs. Venable is suffering from the tragedy of losing her son,

so she tried to blame her loss on Catherine. This also relates to Tennessee Williams’ life when he was younger. Older children mistreated Tennessee when he was young because he was a little different from the other children. After this happened he started to write, and express his emotions through words rather than fighting back and getting into trouble. He rose above his problems when he was young, and this characteristic is shown in his three plays previously listed. In the first of the three plays, The Glass Menagerie, Laura expresses the theme of you can overcome your obstacles in life no matter how hard they seem, by her actions. She has a disability with her legs and had to wear a special support on her leg to help her with it. She overplays her disability to the point

that she will not go to Business College, she is very shy around other people, and will barely leave the apartment at all. You know how much Laura is bothered by her disability by this quote. ” It was hardly even noticeable.” Said Jim. ” I just thought it was making a thunderous clumping noise.” By this quote, you now see that Laura is exaggerating her disability in her mind, and in actuality it isn’t that drastic. Jim tells her that it wasn’t noticed by most of the kids, but she made it much bigger than it really was. You can also see how shy she is by this next quote. ” You answer the door mother!” This quote shows how shy that Laura is, that she will not even answer the door when Jim comes for dinner. Tennessee is unlike Laura in the aspect that he overcame his

problems and Laura does not. She had a small disability years ago, that has healed, and she exaggerates it so much that her life is being held up. This example just shows you that you have to cope with your problems or they can hold you up from progressing in life. In the next play, The Long Goodbye, there is one character who is obviously the supporter of the universal theme that you can always beat the odds and come out on top of your problems. This character is Joe. Joe’s attitude in the beginning of the play is not looking very good at all. His attitude can be shown very well by this quote. ” I just can’t make any sense with my writings anymore.” The word can’t is the main word in this quote, because when you say you can’t, that usually means I won’t. Whenever

you are trying to achieve a goal or a standard, the most negative word you can say is I can’t. That is why Joe’s attitude is looking so glum. Joe is not like Laura and didn’t give up right away, and tried hard to get back up after he was knocked down. This is shown by what his sister says in this quote. ” I knew you could do it Joe, and you did, because you didn’t give up.” (I, iii, pg. 28) This quote shows how, even though Joe was down he was not out. Another factor in Joe’s ending success might be credited to his sister. Without his sister, he would have had no support, and without that he might have not been able to come through after he was down. Joe was like Williams, in that they both overcame serious problems and succeeded in achieving their goal. Williams