A Story Behind A Glass Collection
The play “The Glass Menagerie” was a play written by Tennessee Williams. The story line was about a four-member family in 1937. The setting of the play is in the Wingfield’s apartment in St. Louis, Missouri. There were four characters. Tom Wingfield, who is one of the four characters, narrated the play. Amanda Wingfield was the mother of Tom. Laura Wingfield is Tom’s older sister. The fourth character in the play is Jim O’Connor. He was an old acquaintance of both Tom and Laura. Symbolism is a major key throughout the whole play.
An example of symbolism is the importance behind the shattering of the glass. It had a few symbols behind it. The first symbol is regarding Amanda. The shattering glass represents her life and marriage and how much it had drastically changed. The second symbol was realization or eye opener to Laura that she is confident. She soon realizes that being different and set apart from everyone else is not as bad as it may seem. She realizes how wonderful she truly is. The next symbol is Tom’s hopes and dreams being completely shattered. He felt like they were too hard to accomplish and make reality.
One thing that makes Williams different was he used things in the play to represent his life. This is not the first play that Williams has written that has involved some symbolism of his life. The most significant example of symbolism is seen through Laura. Laura is a representation of his real life sister, Rose. A direct link to his sister was Laura’s nickname, “Blue Roses”. In the play Laura was also considered to be physically handicapped; in real life, his sister Rose was mentally challenged. It has been said that his sister suffered from a case of schizophrenia. Alcoholism is the next symbolism to his real life. In the play Tom and Laura’s father was said to be an alcoholic. In real life, after his sister had such a rough time when it came to her health, Williams began to drink. It was said that...