Dysfunctional Family in King Lear and the Glass Menagerie

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The dysfunctional families The tragedy of dysfunctional families was addressed many times throughout literature’s history. Each writer had a different perspective to approach the elements that they saw as destructive to families. Both of the plays “King Lear” and “The Glass Menagerie” are from two different writers in two different periods of time with so different visions yet similar in some way. “King Lear”, written by the famous Shakespeare Williams, is a play of many things, but one of the most profound and tragic aspects of this play is the dysfunctional family. Through the dysfunctional relationships in this play, Shakespeare describes how a family can be damaged by favoritism. Meanwhile, “The Glass Menagerie”, written by Tennessee Williams demonstrates the devastation to a family that results from life’s pressures and their own fears after being deserted by their husband and father. King Lear, a single father raising three daughters, and Gloucester, a single father with two sons, together with Amanda, who is also a single mother with a daughter and a son, suffers all the trials and tribulations of parent-child relationships. They are in the same situation yet so different in many ways. In both Wingfield and Lear families, there was a lack of respect from children to parent. Goneril and Regan feigned their compassion for dear daddy up until the point where he relinquished his power and wealth to them. Then he had become obsolete and was no longer worth paying lip service to. On the Wingfield side, Tom was chained to the household by his sense of duty to the family. He neither had respect for his mother nor did he attempt to mask it up. The lack of respect Tom had towards his mother partially stems from the lack of privacy. When Tom was attempting to write, his mother was loudly chattering away on the phone selling subscriptions for the Homemakers
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