Her son Tom, who is restless by nature and Amanda, who is a mixed character of incessant charm and eternal guilt, live in a closed world of their own. After many persuasions from Amanda’s side, Tom brings a friend from the place where he works with a hope that he would fall in love with his sick and reclusive sister Laura. After a culmination of one of the sweetest and heartbreaking scenes evolved in the history of American plays, the gentleman caller eventually breaks Laura’s heart, disrupts the dream of the family and finally pulls out Amanda of her dreamy and over ambitious world to break the heart of her shy daughter and aspiring writer son.
The play Glass Menagerie is set entirely against the background of a closed apartment where even the fire escape is crucial. The apartment is fictitious and meagre and is located beside an alley in St Louis.
The economic status of the Winfield’s is that of middle class. They are not economically strong enough and for this reason Tom had to take up job in a shoe factory leaving his aspiration for becoming a writer. Laura cannot support her family and Amanda who once had an aspiring life lives in the world of dreams. The gentleman caller, Jim O’ Connor is brought to marry off Laura which is another indication of economic burden that the family is into.
Political overtones are not very prominent in the play. It cannot be regarded as a political play. On the contrary, the play is more psychological. Yet disillusion and shattering of the American Dream as a major motif in the play somewhere makes it political. The dreamy world and the over ambitious pursuit of the Americans are criticized and the reality appears as crude, and mundane and this fact is operated as an eye-opener for the Americans.
The four characters of the play are internally related with each other and the play actually initiates, develops