Imitation and Action in “The Glass Menagerie”
In “ The Glass Menagerie,” Tennessee Williams creates tragically characters the Wingfields, who display an importance of family, endless use of past in presence, and passion of get away from reality. In the play, we witness weakness in the character’s that cannot accept life as is, while heading to a false sense of realism. The entire story is explained through Toms narration. Thereby, explaining his mother Amanda is stuck in the past of men giving her ultimate attention, his sister Laura living a life of shyness and obsessed with her glass ornaments, and of Tom’s desire to leave his trapped life for adventure. Misery is widely shown of all the characters in the play.
The story leads to a plot, which is the tragedy Laura faces with Jim learning he has a girlfriend, although they share a romantic experience together. This tragedy meets Aristotle’s requirements in poetics by a build-up of happiness to only a tragic letdown of the great significance of relevancy towards the misery of the characters. Artistotle’s requirement of a plot consisting of a certain magnitude correlated to what is going on in the play—Laura’s tragic let down with Jim is the proper requirement of such.
How it works
The story represents Laura as a shy, introverted girl who is obsessed with her glass ornaments. . Both the mother and Tom want to help Laura find a mate—mostly her mother. Jim is invited over to dinner by Laura who is extremely shy. “Laura sits up nervously as Jim enters. She can hardly speak from the almost intolerable strain of being alone with a stranger (Williams, 1944).”” During the dinner, a build-up occurs where both Jim and Laura open up to each other.
Jim addresses Laura’s self-esteem while Laura talks about her glass ornaments. “”You know what I judge to be the trouble with you? Inferiority complex! Know what that is? That’s what they call it when someone low-rates himself. I understand because I had it, too (Williams, 1944).”” Jim connects with Laura. From this point on, Larua and Jim start to have a romantic connection. Laura and Jim dance. Jim accidentally knocks over one of Laura’s glass figurines. However, Laura is upset. This opens up the opportunity for Jim to kiss Laura—the happiest point in the play also, the plot of the play a tragedy follows. After Jim kisses laura he explains he has a girlfriend.
The plot is the advancement of happiness Laura goes through with Jim, entirely different than the misery she felt before, but then a tragic situation occurs leaving Laura still in the same position as before. The plot in the final analysis, is Aristotle’s requirements in poetics is a build-up of happiness to only a tragic letdown of great significance.
The story leads to a plot, which is the tragedy Laura faces with Jim learning he has a girlfriend, although they share a romantic experience together. Before the plot, the story was saturated with misery, but this changed in the climax when Jim and Laura are together. But then reaches the plot of a tragic let down when Laura finds out Jim has a girlfriend. Following Aristotle’s requirements, the plot of the play is an acceptance to Aristotle tragedy in the correct manner.