The Glass Menagerie Essay

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Ronnel TordilELA 20Mr. R. SharpSymbolism of the characters in The Glass MenagerieThomas Lanier Williams III, better known as Tennessee Williams, the playwright of The Glass Menagerie frequently uses symbols; we could argue that the most prominent symbol also serves as the title of the play. The animal collection symbolizes the characters in The Glass Menagerie.Laura Wingfield is a crippled girl and the very shy daughter of Amanda who tries hard to find Laura a husband. Laura is a girl who has collection of the glass animals that represent her fragile state. The unicorn is the favorite of Laura which represent her fragile condition. She is more breakable than her glass collection, in the sense of that she recoils at the slightest social challenge and runs away. Laura escapes from her disability. She is very uncomfortable in her own life and skin, so when she escapes, she is escaping from having to live her life with a disability and never truly feeling happy or comfortable in her life."Like her mother and brother, Laura retreats from reality. She's so far departed that she can't even see reality anymore. She spends her days going to the zoo, or polishing her glass, or playing records. She has no social interaction, and even her brother, Tom, who clearly cares for her, doesn't really break into her little world. Until Jim. Laura opens up to Jim in a way that she hasn't done with anyone else. He recognizes that she is unique that's where this Blue Roses business fits in. Have you ever seen a blue rose? Exactly. Jim recognizes that Laura is one-in-a-million. Jim appreciates her for who she is. And she loves him for it". (Shmoop Editorial Team)Jim O'Conner symbolizes a dog, because he is a normal person who had everything. Jim O'Conner, an ordinary simplistic man in The Glass Menagerie, breaks through Laura's secret world. Even Laura is vulnerable after all. He is a friend of Tom from the factory who Tom invites to dinner and Amanda treats as Laura's first gentleman caller. Jim mentions the symbolic name "Blue Roses" which he recalls. This name symbolizes Laura's unusual allure. Jim was a popular athlete in high school and is now a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse in which Tom works. He is unwaveringly devoted to goals of professional achievement and ideals of personal success.Amanda Wingfield is symbolizing a chicken; because she wants everyone is in the right track and discipline. Amanda Wingfield is the over protective mother of Laura and tom; she lives in a world that fluctuates between illusion and reality. In fact, she always says to Laura and Tom that she had seventeen gentlemen callers in one Sunday afternoon at Blue Mountain. She always mentions that she has done everything in the right way and she has everything under control. This is the reason why Tom always gets mad at her. She always mentions that she knows the right way to live normal but it's not. Amanda escapes from how sad and pathetic her life has become. She used to be rich and...

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