The glass part of the menagerie represents the weaknesses that each character has. Tom’s thrust for adventure is the glass part of him, his Achilles heel. It causes him to lose his job in the play, go out to the movies, drink, and eventually to break his bonds and leave the family. Laura’s weakness is her crippled leg and her shyness. Laura’s shyness makes her drop out of typing school, and in social situations, she is self-conscious about her crippled leg.
Blanche has crossed boundaries that have led her to feel more guilt and desperation. Her last hope for emotional and physical support is to live with her sister and her husband. Blanche is appalled at the type of dwelling in which her sister resides. She decorates the place so that she can mask it for her own benefit. In desperation she dates Mitch; a man she feels is beneath her but may help her out of her problem by supporting her.
His older sister, Laura, is so withdrawn by the embarrassment of a crippling disability that she is not fit to enter society. From this, her mother decides to find a beau for Laura in hopes to marry her. She cajoles Tom into bringing a suitor home for dinner from the factory where he already feels the enslavement of his employment. The result is Jim, charming and ambitious, who sees Laura for who she is: a shy, introverted girl withdrawn in her own adolescent world. He attempts to shock her into glimpsing reality through a kiss that ultimately backfires as Laura, being enamored by her savior, is soon heartbroken to find that Jim is actually engaged to a girl named Betty.
Clarrisan Vaughan spent so much time planning for a party that Richard did not want to attend. It is obvious that the women will keep themselves unhappy just to satisfy the needs of the men they are involved with. The only person who went against the grain was Laura Brown when she left her son . According to Ebert, Roger "Virginia and Leonard Woolf loved each other, Clarrisan treasures both of her lovers. But for the two in the movie who cannot love, The price is devastating"(3).The effect is shown in how Richie, the little boy became Richard, the man that finally committed suicide to save himself from aids.
Through the use of these symbols, a greater understanding of the humanistic theme that unfulfilled hopes and desires are an unwanted, but important aspect of the real world is achieved, and The Glass Menagerie is crafted into a meaningful classic drama. Symbols are a major part of this play that Tom, who is a poet, admits he has a weakness for. One of the first to be presented in the story is the fire escape that ... ... middle of paper ... ...Masterplots, ed. Frank M. Magill. Revised Second Ed.
Most see it as the final transformation of Katherine into the tamed elizabethan woman. It can be read as her giving up and becoming the submissive wife he wants her to be. However, it can also be read in a deceitful way. As Kate making him think he has succeeded so that she can become his equal through putting down the other women. Act five scene two is set at the wedding feast of Bianca and Lucentio, where the three married men place a bet on the obedience of their wives.
Nora, the main character, obsessively tries to please her father and her husband. In an attempt to be the perfect daughter and a perfect wife, she conforms to the established by the men and in turn loses her identity. Due to her initial faith in the superficial laws created by the men, Nora even tries to embed the Victorian ideals in her daughter, Emmy. As a Christmas gift, Emmy receives a doll and a dolly's bedstead. Instead of being allowed to explore her potentials, Emmy is confined to practice to become martyr of the Victorian society.
Finally, the baker's wife wins at her strategy to get her husband to cheat just a little bit to reach their goal, and so they're off to tackle the obstacle. A lot is also revealed about the baker in the song Maybe They're Magic; he does not say much during the song, but his few words show how he is struggling inside with the beliefs that his wife's opinion is wrong, and that he doesn't want to consider her opinion. This draws him out to demonstrate the era, as well, because he thinks that the woman's place is in the home, struggles with listening to his wife's opinion, and holds the position that he can do everything himself.
The escape serves as an exit in the play, it is both a literal escape out of the apartment and a metaphorical escape from the Wingfield family. For Laura, it represents what will never be able to do, because of her severe social anxiety and physical disability. Tom sees the escape as a choice, he freely uses it to come in and out of the apartment and it is up to him to choose to escape, his mother, Amanda, will not freely give him the opportunity to. The fire escape plays a major role within the plot of The Glass Menagerie and is symbolic to the characters within the
In opposition to this style, Baldeshwiler explains that the lyrical short story “concentrates o... ... middle of paper ... ...that suspends the boundaries of man and nature, the way in which she structures the last image to be one of hostility indicates the unsustainable nature of the garden. Woolf, therefore, takes advantage of the lyrical short stories’ structure to create a liminal space that both breaks through barriers to form a unified, impressionistic world and to emphasize the imposing negative aspects of such a transitory structure. As a result, Woolf prompts the reader to question whether the liminal space created within the short story is positive in its ability to unite nature and human or negative in its apparent unsustainability. Regardless, the form and structure of the short story are pivotal in Kew Gardens. Without the liminal space of the short story, it is questionable if Woolf could have succeeded in creating the unstable, yet peaceful, world in Kew Gardens.