Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Glass Menagerie”, depicts the life of an odd yet intriguing character: Laura. Because she is affected by a slight disability in her leg, she lacks the confidence as well as the desire to socialize with people outside her family. Refusing to be constrained to reality, she often escapes to her own world, which consists of her records and collection of glass animals. This glass menagerie holds a great deal of significance throughout the play (as the title implies) and is representative of several different aspects of Laura’s personality. Because the glass menagerie symbolizes more than one feature, its imagery can be considered both consistent and fluctuating.
To illustrate this, Amanda tells Laura to “stay fresh and pretty!-It’s ... ... middle of paper ... ...he gentleman caller and her old high school crush. As they talk about each other Laura introduces Jim to her glass collection and lets him hold her unicorn of all animals. She tells him, “if you breathe, it breaks” (1692)! This statement symbolizes Laura and how sensitive she is and if not careful she will fall apart. Jim eventually does break the unicorn, which is another symbolization of Laura.
In the play, the glass menagerie itself is pregnant with significance and symbolism. The breaking of the glass unicorn's horn, Laura's favorite one, symbolizes the shattering of her illusions in life. Laura's personality is characterized by her own collection of glass animals, especially the unicorn. Glass animals are fragile and beautiful and so is she: innocent and vulnerable. Laura is remote from real life, she finds it hard to cope with the world outside the Wingfields?
This continuing struggle is a large part of the major theme of The Glass Menagerie. Just as the glass menagerie represents all of the characters as a whole, it also represents each character individually. “Though the glass menagerie is most directly relevant to Laura, all four characters have sublimated their animal drives into esthetics. Laura has her glass animals, Tom his movies and poems, Amanda her jonquil-filled memories distorted into hopes, and Jim his baritone cliches of progress'; (Cohn 101). Though Amanda blames her children alone for relying on false illusions, she too carries this fault.
From diffident Laura’s delicate glass collection, to the Wingfields’ apartment’s simple fire escape, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is full of representations of his abstract ideas to tell the deeper story of the Wingfields’ dysfunctional family life and dynamics. Williams explains the delusions, using symbols to explain them, of each character in his play, like narrator Tom’s love of movies substituting for his desire for adventure or mother Amanda’s impossible dreams and unwillingness to accept her children’s unsuccessfulness. Daughter, and older sister, Laura is stuck in a world of glass animals and a serious inferiority complex due to her handicapped leg, until Jim O’Connor visits the household and adventitiously breaks her and
Also, Amanda’s authoritative behavior does not allow her children to experience God’s grace and psychologically detriments her children. This conclusion has been reached by defining a glass menagerie, examining Amanda’s controlling behavior through her demands of a typing class for Laura, Tom’s explosion that shatters the glass animals, how differently the children behave on the fire escape, Laura’s interaction with Jim, and presenting perspectives of authoritative parenting.
Much more so than normal people. The most predominant and frequently referred to symbol which is rather obvious is Laura's glass menagerie. Her collection of glass represents her own private world which she frequently use as an escape from reality. Her place where she can hide and be safe. The events that happen to Laura's glass affects Laura's emotional state greatly.
In fact, Laura refers to the unicorn as being "freakish." (109) Her characterization of the unicorn reflects how she feels about herself. It is because of its uniqueness that Laura chose to identify with it. She creates a world with her figurines in which the abnormal coexists with the normal. When Jim, the gentleman caller, inquires about the unicorn being lonely, she replies, "He stays on a shelf with some horses that don't have horns and all of them seem to get along nicely together.
My first main focus is on the glass menagerie itself. First of all the glass menagerie symbolises Laura‘s delicacy, just like glass the reason for this is because Laura is very fragile and can easily be broken, mentally and physically. There is one specific part in the play where Jim is admiring her menagerie. There is one glass object that Laura really likes which is a unicorn, so she picks it up and gives it to Jim then Jim accidentally drops it. As it hits the ground the horn from the horse falls off, this breakage of the horse‘s horn could symbolise Laura’s heart being broken by Jim.
I had to go clumping all the way up the aisle with everybody watching!”(VII.104). The other characters within the play seem to think of Laura as some kind of rare animal due to her actions and fear of people. Laura removes herself from school when she makes bad grades, “I made bad grades on my final examinations.”(VII.166). She also refuses to properly open the door and makes excuses so she will not have to face Jim when he comes to visit and have dinner, “ I can’t . .