The Glass Menagerie Compare and Constrast Essay

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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie is a play that is very important to modern literature. Tennessee
Williams describes four separate characters, their dreams, and the harsh realities they
faced in the modern world. His setting is in St. Louis during the Depression-Era. The
story is about a loving family that is constantly in conflict. To convey his central
theme, Williams uses symbols. He also expresses his theme through the characters¹
incapability of living in the present.

The apartment that Amanda, Laura, and Tom Wingfield share is in the middle of the city and
is among many dark alleys with fire escapes. Tom and Laura do not like the dark atmosphere
and their mother always tries to make it as pleasant as possible. The two women do not get
out much to socialize. Amanda sometimes goes to D.A.R. (Daughters of the Revolution)
meetings, but Laura does not like to socialize at all. She has a slight limp and is
extremely shy with people. When she does leave the apartment, she falls. She is unable to
function in the outside world.

As previously stated, symbols play an important role in The Glass Menagerie. Symbols are
substitutions that are used to express a particular theme, idea, or character. One symbol
that is used over and over is the fire escape. This has different meanings to the
characters. For Tom, it is a place where he can escape to. It is where he goes to escape
from his mother¹s nagging. He is open to the outside world when he is on the fire escape.
It is his way out. For Laura, it is where the gentleman caller enters and where the
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