Symbolism Of The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee William Essay

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Symbolism plays a major part in Tennessee William 's famous play, "The Glass Menagerie." Tom Wingfield is the narrator and a major character in “The Glass Menagerie”. Through the Tom’s perception, the reader gets a glance into the life of his family; his mother, a Southern belle clinging to the past; his sister, a young woman who’s too fragile to function in normal society; and himself, a struggling, young poet working at a warehouse to provide for his family. Williams has managed to create a momentous play symbolism. Williams uses symbolism to reveal, in depth, character attributes and what they represent.
In the beginning of the first scene of the play, we are presented a symbol right away which is the fire escape. The fire escape symbolizes a "bridge" between the illusionary world of the Wingfields and the world of reality outside of their apartment building. The “bridge” is seemingly a one-way passage, however, for each character the direction varies. Tom’s direction, from the fire escape, is to get away and be out of the world of Amanda and Laura into a world of reality. "I 'm going out to smoke."(1177) Whenever Tom smokes he goes out on to the fire escape, showing that he does not like to be inside and be a part of the illusionary world. Tom wants to escape. He is done taking responsibility for Amanda and Laura. He longs to be his own man. For Laura, the fire escape is a way into her world and an escape from reality. Laura, thinks of the fire escape as a way in and not…

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