Essay on The Glass Menagerie

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The Glass Menagerie

In The Glass Menagerie there are many main symbols these are stage props, stage lighting and stage sounds. In regard to stage props the main ones are the glass menagerie, the fire escape and Mr. Wingfield’s picture. Also in terms of stage lighting the main symbols are the candles, spotlight and the moonlight. And finally the main symbols for stage sounds are the Glass menagerie music, paradise dance hall music
(PDH) and Laura’s Victorola. Tennessee Williams generally uses symbolism in the play to deepen our understanding of characters and to emphasis the play’s themes. The characters we understand in the play throughout this are Tom, Laura, Amanda, and Jim. The themes that are particular highlighted are
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In the opening sentence it states ‘burning with slow and implacable fires of human desperation’ which means that they are ridden with felling that there is no escape from their painful and slow suffering. This also gives them a fear of the future, as they don’t know what is going to happen. There is also another part symbolically in the play were Laura trips on the Fire escape steps, this represents Laura’s insecurity and her terror of the outside world, which too links to the theme of imprisonment and Jim’s relationship with Laura.

Now one of Tennessee Williams‘s third and final symbolic features is
Mr.Wingfield‘s picture.

In the Glass menagerie and in Tom, Laura and Amanda’s apartment there is a picture that hangs on their wall, this picture is of Mr.
Wingfield, which is Amanda‘s husband. The way that the picture hangs on the wall the family are always reminded of his presence, it’s almost like he is looking dawn on his family and laughing them like some sort of evil spirit. Mr Wingfields picture is really only associated with Amanda and Laura, as both of them talk to his picture during the play. Laura and Amanda both have different views on Mr
Wingfield. Laura looks up to the picture of her father and goes to it and the old victrola for comfort when she is frightened. Amanda however is the complete opposite of Laura and always speaks

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