The Glass Menagerie And Life Of The Saints Essay examples

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The Truth Behind the Object: Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie and Lives of the Saints
Symbolism is an extremely powerful literary tool that many authors use to emphasize important themes and motifs. This is evident in both The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci. Both authors use, what seem to be, ordinary objects as an avenue to symbolize various reoccurring themes throughout the story. Although the symbols used in each novel differ greatly from each other in a literal sense, figuratively and symbolically, they are equally as powerful in representing the themes common to both stories. Through the use of powerful symbols, Tennessee Williams and Nino Ricci emphasize the of innocence in Laura Wingfield and Vittorio Innocente; the pride in Amanda Wingfield and Cristina Innocente; and the false hope that is sought out for throughout both books.
The innocence of Laura Wingfield of The Glass Menagerie and Vittorio Innocente of Lives of the Saints is constantly emphasized through objects they hold close to them. Laura’s glass unicorn and Vittorio’s one lira coin both represent the innocence within them and the eventual loss of innocence they must face. In The Glass Menagerie, instead of living life outside of the Wingfield apartment, Laura is constantly tending to her glass menagerie. While conversing with Jim the Gentleman Caller about her glass menagerie, he asks Laura, “Unicorns – aren’t they extinct in the modern world?” (Williams 83).…

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