The Menagerie And Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, And A Streetcar Named Desire

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While some books may directly correlate to their titles, others--many of which are highly recognized--use a title that is not straightforward, but instead becomes increasingly meaningful as the reader progresses through the novel. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus uses the innocence of a mockingbird to teach his children important values about life. The mockingbird is a recurring motif throughout the book and often helps explain why Atticus makes certain choices. Although mockingbirds are not a main plot point, they provide a feature that is essential to the novel. Much like To Kill a Mockingbird, many of Tennessee Williams 's works have influential titles that provide another layer of detail. The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and A Streetcar Named Desire are just a few of Williams 's works that while outwardly simple have underlying messages that are often connected to the deeper meanings of the metaphoric titles.
In The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, roles are characterized by the title of the play. In The Glass Menagerie, Laura, a young adult, is shy and timid due to a disability she was burdened with as a child. Laura has a collection of glass animals which she loves to spend her time looking at. In a fit of anger Tom’s coat “strikes against the shelf of Laura’s glass collection” causing “a tinkle of shattering glass” to which “Laura cries out as if wounded”(Williams). Laura is very attached to her glass…

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