Escaping reality: Tennessee Williams started writing ‘as an escape from a world of reality’. What does this imply that writing allows us to do?Tennessee Williams: “At the age of fourteen I...
Tennessee Williams started writing ‘as an escape from a world of reality’. What does this imply that writing allows us to do?
Tennessee Williams: “At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. It immediately became my place of retreat, my cave, my refuge. From what? From being called a sissy by the neighbourhood kids, and Miss Nancy by my father, because I would rather read books... than play marbles and baseball and other normal kid games, a results of a severe childhood illness and of excessive attachment to the female members of my family, who had coaxed me back into life.”
well you already know that williams was a homosexual. And during that time, it wasa taboo subject. People did not talk about these things freely!
Perhaps the first reason why he wanted to escape was because it became depressing, having the eyes of people on you, watching you in another kind of way.
Next, when reality gets harder, one has no reason but to recoil on oneself..you can see that with Blance, a character in his play, A Streetcar Named desire!
and i know a quote which goes along the lines of - writing gives you a place to go when you have to stay where you are. You see, writing is neutral. you don't have to express any feminine or masculine behaviours. you can be yourself. you can express yourself without having people judging you, except your works. everything flows. Who knows, perhaps the character of Allan Grey has something to do with him. you can be yourself without having people judging you. but being yourself through a virtual character, who are you really kidding but yourself?!
I guiess it also gave him a lot of courage. self confidence. to face the world. to improve his own skills.
williams project this image on his characters.