Memories are a huge part of forming our personalities. A lot of the decisions society makes are based on the memories it has of past experiences and essentially they are just an overwhelming part of daily life. Tennessee Williams’ drama, The Glass Menagerie, is a memory play in which Williams utilizes the theme of making memories in numerous aspects of the drama to show just how important even the smallest memories are in everyday life. The Glass Menagerie is a drama in which Tom, the narrator, shares his memories around the time World War II broke out. The memories Tom shares throughout the course of the drama resemble a life that is very close to the lifestyle Williams had before he became famous for his plays. To begin, the mood is set in this memory play almost immediately as Tom explains: TOM. The play is memory
Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic (Scene 1. 2. 5-7).
Williams is making the theme of this drama clear from the beginning, and therefore maximizing the effectiveness of the play by using this strategy. In addition to these lines, Tom’s beginning speech gives the audience some initial background information before telling his story, similar to how someone introduces a story about themselves before they actually tell it:
TOM. I am the narrator of the play, and also a character in it. The other characters are my mother, Amanda, my sister, Laura, and a gentleman caller who appears in the final scenes (Scene 1. 2.…