Sweet Bird of Youth

by

Tennessee Williams

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Aunt Nonnie Character Analysis

Heavenly’s aunt, and the sister of Boss Finley’s dead wife. Aunt Nonnie has a soft spot for Chance, so much so that she tries to warn him to leave St. Cloud before Boss Finley catches him. Unfortunately, though, she’s unsuccessful, despite how hard she tries to convince him that the town isn’t safe for him.
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Aunt Nonnie Character Timeline in Sweet Bird of Youth

The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Nonnie appears in Sweet Bird of Youth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One, Scene One
Youth, Beauty, and Time Theme Icon
Purity and Corruption Theme Icon
Escapism and Denial Theme Icon
...before suddenly leaving the room. Perturbed, Chance makes a phone call to somebody named Aunt Nonnie, and he asks her what happened to Heavenly, but she hangs up without giving him... (full context)
Act Two, Scene One
Purity and Corruption Theme Icon
When Chance pulls into Boss Finley’s driveway, he sees Aunt Nonnie and calls to her, but she pretends to not hear him. Finally, he drives away,... (full context)
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When Aunt Nonnie leaves, Boss Finley complains about the fact that everybody he’s associated with ends up dragging... (full context)
Act Two, Scene Two
Youth, Beauty, and Time Theme Icon
Escapism and Denial Theme Icon
When Aunt Nonnie comes into the lounge, Chance is happy to see her and suggests they drink a... (full context)
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Escapism and Denial Theme Icon
Talking about what he has become, Chance and Nonnie discuss Chance’s past. He reminds her that he directed and acted in a big one-act... (full context)
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Love, Obsession, and Pleasure Theme Icon
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Despite the fact that Aunt Nonnie doesn’t want to hear him tell the story, Chance explains that he bribed one of... (full context)
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Love, Obsession, and Pleasure Theme Icon
Aunt Nonnie tells Chance that Heavenly won’t be able to win a beauty contest because she’s “not... (full context)