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Symbols In Glass Menageria By Tennesse Williams

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In the play, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, the author makes sure to use a lot of symbols and images to depict different ideas or views. I'm going to talk about the one which I think is the most important and unique one in the play. This is the symbol of the unicorn that looses its horn near the end of the play. The only glass unicorn that Laura Wingfield owns, resides among the other glass horses. All of them are similar but the unicorn stands out in his own special way. This unicorn, in my thinking, represents Laura and her relationship with the other people or in the unicorn's case, his relationship with the other "horses." Both of them shown to be unique in their own ...view middle of the document...

He starts staying outside his house more and more also. The next main character, Laura Wingfield, seems to blossom as time goes by. This blooming mainly happens during the time she spent alone with James O'Connor. Finally, the last main character, the very talkative, Amanda Wingfield, mother to Tom and Laura, changes too. In the beginning of the play, she seems to be in her own little world, but as the play goes on and complex situations arise, she starts to sense her children's problems. She then mellows down and acts accordingly. The second main concept of time is of the whole play itself. Tom Wingfield recites a part of his life-story which helps decide his future. He was coming back to visit his old house and that's where he tells the audience as to why he left the house in the first place. I think that that idea of remembering the events works out really well. Since time passed, opinions must have developed and the events one remembers after a time contain some sort of to the speaker's opinions, making the play more interesting. The wise use of time can make a play magnificent while the poor use of time can make a reader utterly confused. I think that Tennessee Williams did a great job of using the time properly to make the play interesting. We watched and read both, the movie and play, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The director of the movie did an awfully good job of making the movie exactly like the play. Both the movie and the play had ups and down. This added the "spice" to the play. For example, Tom argues with her mother, but the next day he apologizes and it seems like he respects Amanda. One another "downer" was of Laura secretly ditching her Business College. But then a good thing happens; she gets a gentlemen caller. But then again it was sort of ironic how he already has a suitor. Irony too is one of the key things that add the spice a play requires. Another ironic event was of the unicorn breaking its horn as Laura was getting more comfortable with James. This event was discussed above. It was sort of unusual for it to end in a sad note. Tom and Amanda get into a huge argument where names are called and insults fly about in the air. It ends with Tom deserting his mom and sister. It is a very sad event, that scene in the movie and the play. All of these ironic events, and the ups and downs made the play a piece of classic American literature. But many other things helped too. One is the very good use of time and the idea of reciting the play from Tom's point of view, worked really well. Another thing was the description of characters. Tennessee Williams did a great job of describing the traits of the character in good detail by including them in a scene instead of someone narrating it. For example one could tell that Laura was very shy by the way she stayed home and fiddled with her glass collection and that Amanda lived in the past by the way she talked about her past all the...

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