Essay about The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

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In modern literature, one of the very important pieces’ is The Glass Menagerie. In The Glass Menagerie, the author Tennessee Williams explains the dreams and realities that the four main characters one endured in the modern day world. “The setting—a run-down tenement in St. Louis ” (Als) is in the Depression- Era. The constant conflict is this story is slowly ripping the loving family apart. Williams uses different symbols and marker to convey and portray him theme. The incapability of the characters living in the present era is another way he expresses his theme.
In the middle of the city along the dark alleys with many fire escape latter’s is the apartment that Amanda, Laura, and Tom Wingfield. Although Amanda tried her best to make the atmosphere as pleasant and bright as she can, Tom and Laura do not like the dark atmosphere. Amanda and Laura hardly ever leave the house to socialize. Laura’s mother Amanda often likes to try and push Laura to go to the D.A.R. (Daughters of the Revolution) meetings, but because Laura has a slight limp Laura does not like to socialize, therefore she is extremely shy with everyone. When Laura leaves the apartment, she stumbles everyone, as like she can not function in the outside world.
As stated above, some of the most important roles in The Glass Menagerie are symbols. Symbols are substitutions that are used to express a particular theme, idea, or character. The fire escape is one of the symbols in the story that is used over and over…

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