Symbolism in the Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie uses an extensive pattern of symbolism that describes the characters of
Tom,Amanda,Laura and Jim. Glass,light,color and music constitute the substance of the dominant
symbols and motifs,serving to reveal deeper aspects of characters and underlying themes of the
play.Tennessee Williams wrote the play so that each character had a special symbol which resembled
their personality.But he didn't only give the characters of the play a a resembling symbol;he also
mentions the apartment blocks to be hivelike conglomerations of cellular living-units resembling a
beenstock.The way he describes their location also has a lot of symbolism in its roots because he
describes them to be flowering as warty growths in overcrowded urban centers.
Tennessee Williams used many symbolic aspects to describe Laura and the world she lives
in.In the play,Laura represents the very fragile,shy and emotionally crippled girl.In her mind she lives
in a world of glass animals and doesn't have a connection to the real world.The managerie of glass also
represents the fragile relationships among all the characters.The glass unicorn is most obviously a
symbol of Laura--delicate,sadly different,an anomaly in the modern world.The glass motif recurs
throughout the whole play in many other forms.When Laura dropped out of college she constantly
visited the zoo,a glass house of tropical flowers that are as vulnerable as she is.During Laura's and
Jim's brief romantic encounter,Laura is gaining more confidence about herself.It seems as if she is
starting to escape her
world of illusions.When they started dancing together,Jim accidently knocked the little glass horse
over.Laura,who usually worships her glass collection more than anything else,replied to his
excuse;'He's lost his horn.It doesn't matter.Maybe it's a blessing in disguise.' and 'I'll just imagine he
had an operation.The horn was removed to make him feel less--freakish!Now he will feel more at
home with the other horses,the...
... as she gives Jim a little bit of herself to take with him and leaving him behind a little bit of himself with her shattered hopes. The Glass Menagerie also uses rainbow which I think also symbolize hope and each mention ...
... apartment is shifted. Williams also makes the use of this symbol apparent on stage. When Amanda sits down to discuss Laura's future with Tom, the legend "Laura" appears on screen, and the music that begins playing is "The Glass Menagerie ...
Some critics believe that the visual and musical effects used in 'The glass Menagerie' by Tennesse Williams are what make it such an effective play. Do you agree?
... as she keeps a glass menagerie, it is also suggesting 'Laura' is innocent. Tennessee Williams' stage directions also include instructions on how the character should talk and act. These instructions generally are there to show which emotions the ...
... The Glass Menagerie is loosely autobiographical. The characters all have some basis in the real life of Tennessee Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams. Edwina is the hopeful and demanding Amanda, Rose is the frail and shy Laura ...
... her glass menagerie, these are her escapes from reality. She is weary and afraid of the real world so she retreats into her glass one. I think that the symbol that Williams’ uses ...
Discuss the contribution of symbolic effects in stage setting, in music, in lighting and in properties to your understanding of Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie'.
... Tennessee Williams' states, through the character of Tom, that he has "a poet's weakness for symbols" and this is especially evident in The Glass Menagerie, his first commercial success. As a playwright, Williams' faces ...
Glass Menagerie. Gives comparisons about the similarities between the characters' relation to the past
... world, Jim can not handle Laura's world. He eventually stumbles and breaks the glass unicorn. Neither of them are comfortable. In The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams wrote ...
... this "glass menagerie". She is the most literal and straight forward example of being fragile, in that she is extremely shy and skittish, and lives inside ...