Thursday, March 5, 2009

"The Glass Menagerie"

When I saw the theme for today all I could think of is a little glass unicorn, Tennessee Williams and 'Tom Wingfield'. The Glass Menagerie is and always will be one of my favorite theater plays. I believe that its beauty comes from the way T.W portrayed his characters. They are 'made' of glass...

Glass is a controversial material in my opinion. It looks so delicate and easy to break and at the same time it can last (forever would be an overstatement), it has the 'ability' to harm and has got hidden strength. People can be like that, don't you think?

Tom is the character that I could relate to. His eagerness to get away from the small alley in St. Louis. To see the world and escape from, what he feels to be, his prison. Instead of reaching for the stars, he dreams of unknown worlds and 'travels' through the eyes of a camera...through the movies.

"I didn't go to the moon but much further-because time is the longest space dividing two places..." he says "I left Saint Louis..." (from 'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams--my translation from the Greek version).

Happy Theme Thursday everyone
Take care


subtorp77 said...

Very Nice posting, Marianna. I'd not know Tennessee Williams was this well know, overseas! And I like your second paragraph, here. It's a good comparison.

Leah said...

Do you know, I've never read that? I will have to.

And I love that you call glass a "controversial material." That is brilliant.

Candie Bracci said...

Very like your post and that little unicorn too and I think you are right glass is a very controversial material for sure.
btw:I've broken so many glasses in my life,you cannot imagine!lol

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wonderful contribution to the theme - I love the analogy between glass and people....

it has been a very long time since I saw a production of the glass menagerie, I know there is film adaption I'm heading to the library, I'll have to see if there's a copy there.... if memory serves me correctly I think john malkovich plays the role of tom....

Brian Miller said...

nice play on the theme, i can relate to Tom. controversial indeed.

Dakota Bear said...

I read the play and believe I have seen it on TV . I might have seen the movie.

willow said...

I love this Tennessee Williams play! Very unique glass post.

Marianna said...

subtorp77: yes T.W is well known in my country. His play is translated here as "the world made of glass" :-)

Leah: Glad to see you here. Thanks for your comment

Candie B: I have broken many glasses too!!

Mouse: Thanks for the play info!!

Brian Miller: glad to see that another one relates to tom :-)

Dakota Bear: thanks for commenting:-)

Willow: Thank you for stopping by:-)

happy Theme Thursday everyone!
Take care!

runmotman said...

Good take on glass, and some interesting Tennessee William's plays

Squirrel said...

Ah Ha! I didn't even think of The Glass Menagerie! Great post.

Dot-Com said...

The picture reminded me of the unicorn song. If you don't know it, you should check out

The Clever Pup said...

I remember seeing that as a kid. There was a gentleman caller(a friend of her brother) who called her Blueroses. He broke the horn of the little unicorn and she had to make do with a pony instead.

Then he took her dancing.

Ronda Laveen said...

It is one of my favorite plays also. So thought provoking. Nice tribute and love the unicorn. I have many animals of glass but not a uni.

Mrsupole said...

Beautiful unicorn picture, I like the one about traveling farther than the moon. Never thougt of that one before, even though I have seen the movie. Maybe when it is in writing you see things better.

Great post, great thoughts.

Thank you.

Megan said...

I didn't think of the play, either! Nice twist on the theme!

Evening Light Writer said...

I love Tennesee Williams. Being from the south I always pretend I'm a character from one of his plays sauntering around in the heat and sipping iced tea. Perhaps I'm Maggie the Cat or Blanche Du Bois. Great post, I enjoyed it.

Cuppa Jo said...

It's been years since I read 'the Glass Menagerie'. Now I think I'll read it again.

Avid Reader said...

Years ago I read his memoir, I was a kid and probably a lot of the stuff shocked me, or I misunderstood. I saw it again in a local used book shop but didn't buy it and now I wonder is it still there? I'll check today.

Kris said...

Williams was a master.

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Wow! A blogger from Greece!
Everyone who has been there tells me it is most beautiful.
Lovely unicorn.
Thank you for visiting Dog Girl,

Marianna said...

Hey all!

runmotman: Thank you for visiting!

Squirrel: Thanks for your kind words!

Dot-Com: I visited the utube link and...LOVE the song! Thank you!!

The clever Pup: Thanks for visiting and commenting!

Ronda Laveen: Thank you and happy you liked it!

MrSupole: Thank you and now...I've got to see the movie!

Megan: Hey there! Thanks for your kind words :-)

Evening Light Writer: I wish I coulf visit your part of the world! Thanks for visiting :-)

Cuppa Jo: Thanks for commenting :-)

Avid Reader: so was it still there?

Kris: Yeah he was!!

Auntie: Yes greece is beautiful...especially in the summer. Wish you can visit someday! Thanks for dropping by :-)

Happy TT everyone
take care
peace and love

tony said...

i have never seen 'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams.(although seen some of his other plays).A fine writer!
Glass as both fragile and strong.Yes, That's Life Alright!

Candie Bracci said...

Hello Marianna,you've been tagged on my blog ;)

Lenola Daily Photo said...

I suggest you to come in Murano (Italy): the country of blowing glass. Fine your post, greetings.

Marianna said...

Tony hey! Glad you dropped by:-) yes, TW was and always will be an excellent writer!

Candie I will get right on it and post my 6 things ;-) Thanks for tagging me:-)

Lenola Daily Photo thank you for visiting! Italy is in my "countries I am planning to visit in the future" list! Thank you for the tip :-)

take care everyone