Williams was known for writing about his personal family problems in much of his literature. This is shown numerous times within his play The Glass Menagerie. Similarly to the father in the play The Glass Menagerie William’s father was a traveling shoe salesman who spent most of his time away from home, where the father in the play worked a job at a phone company that kept him far from home and allowed him to travel. Williams’s father left him and his mother when Thomas became sick, their marriage was unhappy and Cornelius was an abusive husband. Much like the father in the play who left the family and the only thing he left them with was a life size photo of him and a post card saying hello and goodbye. William’s real life father was also known to be an alcoholic/hard drinker similarly to the character Tom Wingfield from the play. Another character Williams portrayed from his real life was His mother, Edwina, who had the attitude similar to a 'Southern belle', who was snobby and whose behavior could be neurotic and hysterical. Much like
Amanda’s character who was very southern and obsessed with gentleman callers and making sure Laura was to find one. Another clear similarity was Williams’s name, Thomas, nicknamed by his mother to Tom, much like the character in the play.
In his later life Williams attended high school at Soldan High School which his characters Tom and Laura both also attended in the play. He was very close to his sister