Hello everybody! We're four students (Kate, Olga, Ann & Lena) of the Department of Foreign Languages and Area Studies of Lomonosov Moscow State University. This is our first sample blog dedicated to American Literature issues and to elaboration of our Final Web-Project. If you're interested - welcome!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Hello! At last I have something except "flood" to share) I have finally found the text of "The Glass Menagerie", so if you wish to read it - please do - it is not long, but it is definitely worth close attention. http://perso.orange.fr/absolutenglish-972/notes/uscivi/glassmenagerie/scene_by_scene.htm Here you can also find summary and analisys of the play. But coming back to the play itself - I have read it and I am still thinking about it. There is not much "action", and the plot is very true-to-life. A young girl (about 25 years old) Laura lives with her mother and an elder brother, their father left them long ago. Laura is slightly crippled, and that slight disability causes great problems for her. The girl is painfully shy and hates socialising, the only thing that she really loves is her "glass menagerie" - small glass animals. However, Laura's mother longs to see her daughter married. Laura's brother invites his colleague for a dinner, and this "gentleman caller" turns out to be the most popular boy in Laura's class, and once her affection. It seems that the guest likes the girl, and Laura, shy and awkward, is unusually lively and happy with him. I was expecting a "happy end", but the end turned out to be fiendish - the gentleman, having danced with Laura and kissed her and made the poor girl so happy as she probably has never been, declares that he is already engaged to another young lady. To tell the truth, I was completely shoked. How could he? What is going to happen to Laura? Will she ever meet a man who would help her "recover"? T.Williams did not give the answer. But it is no relief. That is my opinion on the story. Of course, I take Laura's side, but other opinions are welcome.


anna_filatova said...

Thank you for the post. I am sorry I overlooked it somehow last week. I am happy this play produced such a lasting impression on you.

I saw it on stage once. It was a well-established theater in Louisville, KY. I still can see some scenes in my mind's eye and hear the sound of the broken glass.
They used a huge screen where black-and-white pictures were projected. Interestingly, those were no images, just some geometrical figures, but it did set a certain mood.

anna_filatova said...

check it out: http://www.sheilaomalley.com/archives/007829.html#more

so-summer said...

Anna Vladimirovna, thank you very much for that link. I could get the "whole picture gallery" of the characters from different plays, so I can now undrerstand "Glass Menagerie" better. What's more, I unexpectidly started to feel sorry for EVERYBODY, not only Laura. The whole family, even the "gentleman caller" have a lot of hardships they cannot overcome - so they just have to live with it. Laura's mother, for example, cannot return her youth, however much she tries (dressing in her favourite dress, talking of that 17 gentleman callers). Than what is a human being - its own master or just a toy of some forces? I think I will never be able to choose 1 position out of these two for myself...