Summary Of Glass Menagerie Essay

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"The Glass Menagerie" is a play being told through the memory of Tom, one of our main characters. It is opened with him talking to the fourth wall, not done again until the end. The play is set in the Wingfields apartment in the 30's. The Main door to the apartment is a fire escape, where Tom addresses us and where many of the major events occur. It symbolizes the escape to the outside world. Amanda Wingfield is the mother. Her husband, Laura and Tom's Dad, left them 16 years ago, he was a drunkard and the mother is afraid of having a drunkard for a son-in-law. Tom and her have been supporting the family since then, she sells magazines, and Tom works at the Warehouse. Amanda appears to have been a very popular girl when she was younger, and expects the same from her crippled daughter Laura. Laura is very fragile, with a bum leg. She lives in a world of glass animals, the glass menagerie. She is very shy and when she tried to attend business college, dropped out because it made her physically ill. When she was in High school she liked a boy named Jim O'Connor. He called her blue roses, and he happens to be a gentleman caller later in our story.SCENE 1Tom comes on stage and tells us that he will share a memory. He then shows us a portrait of his father, calling him the telephone man who fell in love with long distances. Comments on him being gone for 16 years, and then, we begin. It begins with a lot of complaining on Amanda's part, about how Tom doesn't eat right, and how Amanda doesn't have any gentleman callers, but when she was young she had many. She talks as if she delusional, and doesn't understand her daughter's problems.SCENE 2This scene starts out with Laura studying a typewriting chart. The mother in her D.A.R. dress comes to see Laura, and is unhappy. She has found out that Laura has been ditching college since the first few days because she was too shy to go. It made her feel physically ill. Amanda is now humiliated because she knows they won't have enough money to survive much longer, especially if Tom leaves. Amanda tells Laura that she's going to have to get married, then asks her if she ever liked any guys. Laura tells her as about Jim, who she liked while they were in high school, but he knew very little of her. He was the best at everything, but he was engaged, probably married, so Laura couldn't have him.SCENE 3Tom comes onto the fire escape and talks to us. He tells us how the mother won't let alone the idea of a gentleman caller. She's started a new job selling magazines over the phone to make a little extra money. Tom is not pleased because his mother has taken one of his books back to the library. He is going off to the movies, and here it comes to our attention that he goes there every night, and of course the mom is not happy about it. The mom gets so unhappy the she starts an argument in which Tom calls her an ugly witch. He then makes a series of movements and breaks one of Laura's glass animals. This symbolizes the hurt...

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