Another recurring symbol in the play is that of the fire escape. It is the entrance and exit for the apartment and it is a representation of the path to the outside world. It is a means of escape for Tom when faced with Amanda's nagging and the cramped apartment. It is the link between the outside world that Tom longs to have and the world that exists in the Wingfield apartment. On the other hand, Laura sees the fire escape as the door to her world; the place that she hides in. She is afraid to open that door for Jim; to let him into her world. When Laura leaves the apartment in this play, she trips and falls. She is unable to function properly outside the security of the apartment building.
Outside the fire escape is the dance hall. It is a symbol for reality and what lies outside the Wingfield apartment. The dance hall is first mentioned before Tom talks to Amanda