Symbols in the Glass Menagerie Essay

1296 Words Apr 13th, 2005 6 Pages
In the play, The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, Williams uses many symbols which represent many different things.?Many of the symbols used in the play try to symbolize some form of escape or difference between reality and illusion.?The first symbol, presented in the first scene, is the fire escape.?This represents the "bridge" between the illusory world of the Wingfields and the world of reality.?This "bridge" seems to be a one way excursion.?But the direction varies for each character.?For Tom, the fire escape is the way out of the world of Amanda and Laura and an entrance into a world of new dimensions.?For Laura, the fire escape is a way into her own world. A way to escape from reality.?Amanda perceives the fire escape as a way …show more content…
Tom is unsatisfied with his life and is always seeking for a way to escape his misery.?In Tom's eyes, the fire escape serves as a transit between "truth" and "illusion."?It detaches reality of the outside world, which in this case, the city of St. Louis, from the world of the Wingfields.?Tom's way of dealing with his misery is to remove himself from his locale and go to the movies.?He claims that he loves the adventure.?"I go to the movies because- I like adventure.?Adventure is something I don't have much of at work, so I go to the movies" (p. 415).à®

à®?Amanda seeks for an escape from her own empty life. She had high hopes of marrying a wealthy man but instead, she settled for a telephone man who eventually abandons her and the kids.?This incident made Amanda live her life in bitterness and paranoia. "The future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it" (p. 421).?She constantly nags at Tom's habits and tries to contour Laura into the girl that she wasn't.?Amanda repeatedly lectures and

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