What Does Jim's Character Represent

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“…He is the most realistic character in the play, being an emissary from a world of reality that we were somehow set apart from. But since I have a poet’s weakness for symbols, I am using this character also as a symbol; he is the long delayed but always expected something that we live for.” – Tom, The Glass Menagerie In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, we are introduced to characters that have lost perception of the reality (without any mental illness); we have Tom, who lives in the present, Amanda who lives in the past and Laura who lives on the future. These characters do not live these way physically, but instead mentally. As mentioned in the quote above, there is one character who is a gentleman caller and according to Tom’s introduction of the play he symbolizes a part of the reality they are not part of anymore and that makes him the most realistic character in the whole play. This character’s name is Jim and Tom is right about him, because as a narrator to the play he can express his thoughts as he cannot while dialoging with the characters, but most importantly what he mentions about Jim is more up to your own opinion and for me Jim’s character as stated in the play as the gentleman caller is a person who has been expected by Amanda to appear someday for her daughter and later when confirmed he will come, Tom and Laura also expect him. Jim is the representation of how the hopes of the characters broke. My ideas below will show how Jim affected each character and finally give a conclusion: For Laura Jim was her hope of abandon her own world (as many characters have referred that she had been) because she was crippled. After revealing that he was married with Betty any hope she had of coming back to reality was lose, especially because Jim showed he would not have any intention of doing be with someone crippled. Amanda is the one whose hopes
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