She was a beautiful girl there and had a lot of gentleman callers. She pined bitterly over the loss of this place and time and the poor choice she made in husbands. Even if Laura had no physical defects it would have been hard for her to succeed given these circumstances. At the beginning of the play Laura is wrapped up in her own little world of glass creatures and phonograph records. She is afraid of people and afraid of the world.
Mrs. Forster is Colonel forster’s wife. She's not very responsible and seems rather carefree. Colonel Forster is a pleasant and responsible man, he does everything he can to find Lydia when she gets married to Wickham. Miss Younge is Miss Darcy’s governess, she lacks all moral sense. she conspired with Wickham to get Miss Darcy to marry with him.
Laura is shy and uneasy to the point of being socially unable. As a result of her mother's nagging, Laura's slight limp is exaggerated in her mind to the point where she believes herself crippled. Amanda’s illusion or what she wanted to see was that Laura was beautiful and had many male callers. Williams' sister was also mentally unstable, and spent most of her life in a mental institution. The play’s protagonist Tom Wingfield, is very similar to Williams himself.
These symbols play an important part in the development of the plot, as well as the theme of the play. The glass figurines that reside in Laura's menagerie are symbolic of Laura herself. Laura is "like a piece of her own glass collection, too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf" (849). Because of a slight defect, magnified several times over by her own mind, Laura's self image is as fragile as her collection. Because of her low self image, she is extremely withdrawn, even to the point of avoiding contact with others as much as is possible.
Because of her physical condition it left Laura with an insecurity of what other people may think of her. Her glass animals played a huge part in her illusion and isolation because in her search for a friend she built a make-believe relationship with them along with a Victrola and old records. “Although Laura 's life is caught up in self-sustained illusions, she acknowledges her situation freely. She has given up trying to be “normal.”” (Presley 41). Laura realizes exactly what is going on in her life, but because of her crippled physical state and blinded mentality, she has become a prisoner to herself.
The tigers Aunt Jennifer is creating are described as “proud and unafraid” (12), which is the exact opposite of Aunt Jennifer. This woman is clearly unhappy and living vicariously through her creations. She perhaps does not feel she has the sanction to change anything in her life so as to make it more enjoyab... ... middle of paper ... ...nhappy woman whose life is not fulfilled; this alone gives each of the poems a dark tone. In “Barbie Doll” the reader can see that societies unrealistic expectations for girls and women contribute to their subordination, as many of them cannot live up to these standards. Just as in “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” her husband caused the subordination of Aunt Jennifer because he was holding her back.
The symbolic link between Laura and the glass, particularly the unicorn which is eventually broken, dramatically reinforces Laura’s own short comings and weakness, particularly as this is an ongoing metaphor, ‘she is like a piece of translucent glass touched by light ... not lasting.’ Descriptions of Amanda in contrast to Laura show Laura’s position as the weakest member of their family. Amanda is described powerfully, ‘Amanda ... stares furiously at Laura. She points imperiously...’, however, that power is frequently undermined by the absurdity of her problems or demands. As long as Laura is accompanied by other characters there is usually some semblance of normality but once she is left alone or confronted with a problem Laura’s weakness comes to the forefront, literally, due to the use of the onscreen images, ‘Laura is left alone. Legend: Terror’.
Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie is a great example of a person who was affected by tormenting. Laura is an extremely shy, sensitive, and self-conscious person by nature. Her shyness is even made worse by her mother’s forceful and almost brutal nature. Laura’s mother, Amanda, puts an enormous amount of pressure on her daughter. Amanda definitely wants the best for Laura but she does not understand that her daughter is very different from herself.
She is disappointed that Laura, who is crippled and is painfully shy, does not attract any gentlemen callers. She is even more disappointed to see that her son is following in his father’s footsteps. The director (Bond) chose the perfect people for the characters in the play. The director used blocking that was very effective and related to the characters personality. One example is when Laura who is Tom’s sister is always off to the side appearing to be anti-social and shy when interacting with the other characters.
Throughout The Glass Menagerie Laura is presented as an extremely shy and sensitive person. This play also describes her personal fears, hopes, and dreams. Her shyness is emphasized even more by being contrasted with her mother Amanda's forceful and almost brutal nature and actions towards Laura.We clearly are made aware almost immediately of Laura's overly sensitive nature. Laura can be characterized by her loneliness, sensitivity, trapped feelings, and outcast. Laura has no gentlemen callers and feels very isolated from the rest of the world in many ways.