Tennessee Williams started writing "as an escape from a world of reality," as explained in the quote below.  What does Williams imply that writing allows us to do?Tennessee Williams: “At the age...

Tennessee Williams started writing "as an escape from a world of reality," as explained in the quote below.  What does Williams 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.”

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Williams' quote clearly explains how writing enables the individual to escape into a world of their own making.  Williams recognized early on in his life the difficulty of merely being in this world.  Consider what he outlines in the quote as examples of this.  The "neighborhood kids," the taunts of "sissy," the rejection from his father complete with "Miss Nancy," and the sickness experienced as youth are all examples of how living for Williams as a child was difficult.  Every breath taken is one out of labored pain and hurt.  For Williams, his quote clearly implies how writing enables individuals to construct an alternate world.  Williams was able to use writing as a "place of retreat, my cave, my refuge" because he sought to create a world fundamentally different from the one he was living.  Writing is able to make life more bearable because it gives an avenue to make what is into what can or what should be.  It is here where Williams' implication is rather clear on what he gained from writing.  The fact that the quote ends with the idea of being "coaxed back into life" helps to bring out how Williams feels the transformative power of writing is revivifying, something that speaks tremendous volumes regarding what can be and how the individual spirit does not have to succumb to what is.

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