Role of Symbols in The Glass Menagerie

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Role of Symbols in The Glass Menagerie The Glass Menagerie is a powerful play that is bringing to us a very important meaning. To express his main theme, Williams uses symbols. The symbols play a very important role in “The Glass Menagerie”. One symbol that is used very often throughout the play is the fire escape. It has different meanings for the characters. For Tom, it is an escape. He goes there to escape from his mother. For Laura, it is where the gentleman callers enter and where the outside world is brought to her. For Amanda the fire escape represents where that special gentlemen will come and rescue her daughter from becoming an old maid. As the other important symbol Williams uses Laura's glass menagerie. It represents Laura's sensitive nature and weakness. She is very innocent, very much like the glass that she polishes and looks at. Breaking of the unicorn symbolizing part of the innocence Laura has lost. When Jim tells Laura of his engagement she is heartbroken. She no longer feels that uniqueness she once shared with the unicorn. When Laura gives Jim her unicorn, she gives his her broken heart. In this play Jim represents the outside world, and when Laura becomes exposed to that outside world she breaks, just like her unicorn. There also a few minor symbols like rainbows that are used in this in this play to represent hope in the future and better times. Cigarette smoking represents Tom’s individualism, he continues to smoke despite the fact that his mother is against it. Through William’s genius use of symbols he was able to convey his ideas to the reader. Tennessee Williams created a powerful piece of art using a combination of different symbols throughout the play. By using the symbols Tennessee Williams was able to create and extremely powerful and different play and give us a better understanding of
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