The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams Essay

775 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
In The Glass Menagerie, a play written by Tennessee Williams, we are delighted by the narrative introduction by Tom in which he brings us back to the 1930s, when his family memories take place. In this singular selection, we are presented with the story of a dysfunctional family that tries to survive in America by escaping reality. The beauty in this play captivates and appeals to the audience causing a deep sympathy in us. This play is beautiful in its symbolism of the glass figurines, delicacy represented by Laura, and the uniqueness of events that are somewhat realistic.

What makes this play beautiful is that it was not meant to be perfect. Society perceives beauty as being perfect in physical attractiveness disregarding the other aspect of beauty which is value. The reaction it provokes me is of significant empathy towards all of the characters, but mainly Laura because she is the most sensitive character who also reflects the flaws that make her feel inferior to society. Laura is slightly crippled and extremely shy, her personality reflects the weakening of any aspiration in succeeding she could have had before.

Glass is a symbol of reflection and frail material. In this play, Laura’s animal collection is embodied in glass. There is a unicorn that is different from the others, just like Laura is from other girls. By having this collection, Laura expresses a deeper sensibility towards inanimate objects that helps her cope with indifference. When Laura introduces…

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