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Given what is featured below, what reasons did Tennessee Williams have for wanting to escape reality? Tennessee Williams: “At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of...

Given what is featured below, what reasons did Tennessee Williams have for wanting to escape reality?

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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Before even attempting an answer here, allow me to say what a great quote this is.  Williams' genius as a writer is evident in his recollections about his childhood.  I think that some of it was edited out, reflecting some of its disjointed nature, but that aside, it is a beautiful quote that reflects with a sense of power and pure authenticity the greatness and sadness that is Tennessee Williams.

The desire for Williams' escape from reality is the curse of being seen as different in a world that praises homogeneity.  Williams brings this out in the quote at different occasions.  The two defining issues in his background are evident in the quote.  The label of "sissy" or "Miss...

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