Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Essay

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Symbolism in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
*No Works Cited In Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie; Williams used symbols to represent the reoccurring theme of the failure to accept reality. The use of the fire escape, Tom's constant visits to the movies, Jim O'Connor("the common man"),and Laura's collection of glass animals were the main symbols Williams used to achieve the escape of the characters into their own realms. Often people try to find small objects to distract them from the reality of the world. Presented in the first scene, the fire escape correspond to the "bridge" between the illusory worlds of the Wingfields and the world of reality. While the fire escape was a symbol of a passage to the
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He wanted to find the places where one could find adventure and romance, and Tom being a poet, could understand the longing men sometimes had for adventure and romance. A similar symbol to the movies was the poster of the Merchant Marines, which Tom aspired to join but, his mother, Amanda, criticized him of being a "selfish dreamer", and kept him from reaching for his ambitions. Another symbol, which dealt with both Amanda and Laura, was Jim O'Connor. Laura looked at Jim as her greatest fear, reality. She was scared of facing up to life , so she ran from any connection to the outside world. Amanda believed that Jim was a perfect example of "the common man," a person with no real outstanding quality, in fact Jim was rather awkward, which was seen when he danced with Laura. Jim reminded Amanda of the days of her youth, when she went frolicking about picking jonquils and relishing in her "seventeen gentlemen callers on one Sunday afternoon." Although Amanda desired to see Laura settled down with a nice young man, the invitation of Jim was obviously made so that Amanda could live vicariously through her daughter and remember what it felt like to be wanted. The collection of the glass animals signified Laura's escape into her carefree happy world. While Laura played with the glass figurines it set her in a place where she could hide and be safe. Amanda told Laura to practice typing, instead Laura played with her glass animals but, as soon as Laura

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