Tennessee Williams employs the use of symbolism in The Glass Menagerie. Among the many symbols within the play is the fire escape. In the context of The Glass Menagerie, the fire escape represents an escape from the dysfunction of the Wingfield family. It is used as a door to the outside world, an escape, and it is integral to the plot of the story. Tom views the fire escape as a way out, it reminds him of the decision that he needs to make - should he stay and be miserable or leave and be happy, but abandon his sister?
The only reason that they must live in this cramped apartment is because of their poverty. Their apartment does not even have a door which conveys their desire to escape and the way that they are held captive in their own apartment. The concept of escaping their own lives and retreating into an illusion world has entered each of the character's minds. Escaping from this lifestyle, this apartment, and these relationships is a significant theme throughout... ... middle of paper ... ...ecords” (Williams 66). It is apparent that Laura is socially disabled and cannot deal with the outside world.
The second is the fire escape, which reflects each character's tendency to escape from reality in their own ways. The third is the yellow dress, which represents youth and the past. The gentleman caller, Jim O'Connor, represents change and also hopes for the future, as well as a reflection of Amanda's past. Tom also has his own symbols of escape. He uses his poetry and the movies to run from his problems at home.
Hopelessness, Futility and Escape in The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie is set in the cramped, dinghy apartment of the Wingfield family. It is just one of many such apartments in this lower-class neighborhood. Not one of the Wingfield family members desires to live this apartment. Poverty is what traps them in their humble abode. The escape from this lifestyle, this apartment and these relationships is a significant theme throughout the play.
Only once throughout the play do we see the apartment blocks main staircase actually used. This is when Tom leaves through the main entrance instead of the fire exit. This symbolises that this is his final departure it shows escape. Although this is the most symbolic aspect of the fire escape it is also where Tom tries to have brief moments to himself, away from his nagging mother Amanda. Laura is not a very open character, but from the symbolism William's uses, such as the glass menagerie we can see what Laura is like as a character.
Set in the 30’s, The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams uses various forms of symbolism to signify numerous different things. The play is set in the apartment of the Wingfield family in the city of St. Louis. Of the Wingfield family, none of them admire staying in the apartment and only dwell due to their state of poverty. The play is the recollection of one of the characters, Tom Wingfield, and his struggle to accept his responsibilities of caring for his mother and sister. Throughout the play as a whole, Williams portrays the aspiration of escaping into an imaginary delusional world by symbolizing the fire escape as a literal departure from their own realities for Tom Wingfield, Amanda Wingfield, and Laura Wingfield.
The symbols used in the play are a means of escape. For Tom it's the movies and the fire escape, for Laura it's the Victrola and her glass and for the father, it's his picture. He's escaped from the responsibility of raising and paying for their family. Works Cited and Consulted Beattie, Elisabeth L. "The Glass Menagerie." Masterplots, ed.
Both of the plays, “The Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller and “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, have acting done based on memories that haunt a character in the play. In the “Death of a Salesman”, the acting shifts from present to past with the past at times intermingled with the present as the main character, Willy, seems unable to distinguish his memory’s flashbacks from reality. In “The Glass Menagerie”, the play shifts from present to past also, but the only actor in the present is the narrator Tom, whose memory the play is based on. While both plays use nonrealistic techniques with the scenery, music and characters to show actions from the past, they use them in different ways for different effects. The scenery in these plays is set up to emphasize different ideas produced in the plays.
Importance of Minor Characters in Hamlet A now-dead philosopher once said that people need three relationships in life—confidant, lover, mentor. Horatio acts as Hamlet’s confidant, fulfilling that relationship for Hamlet. As a result, we can contrast Hamlet’s dialogue with Horatio to Hamlet’s soliloquies. In Act III, Scene 2, lines 65-70 Hamlet tells Horatio about his idea: to use the players to prove Cladius’s guilt. There is a play to-night before the king; 65 One scene of it comes near the circumstance Which I have told thee of my father's death: I prithee, when thou seest that act afoot, Even with the very comment of thy soul Observe mine uncle… 70 Hamlet isn’t commanding Horatio to do this—the relationship isn’t based on Hamlet’s princehood.
It is this departure by Mr. Wingfield that represents the theme of escape throughout the play. The Glass Menagerie is set in the apartment of the Wingfield family during the mid 1930's. By description, it is a cramped, dinghy place, similar to a jail cell. Of the Wingfield family members, none of them want to live there. Poverty is what traps them to live within their present environment.