Of Cripples and Crippling


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Of Cripples and Crippling
The reader must begin with the understanding that “The Glass Menagerie” was written before political correctness demanded that society not use words like “retarded” or “cripples,” but rather use terms such as “physically and/or mentally challenged.” But, who or what in this play is crippled: Laura, the broken unicorn, Amanda’s pushiness? The answer, in fact, is that it is the family that is crippled: the three of family members are entirely mismatched. None of the three deal with reality. As a matter of fact, Tennessee Williams uses the word “illusion.” The play starts off that way: “I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” (
139). It is only at the very end when the tragedy culminates with...
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.....he Wingfields are flawed- crippled because they are a poor match for one another and because there is just no cement bond keeping them whole and together. Just as happens with those animals, it takes a push to make drastic changes. And that push is seldom beneficial.
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