'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams.

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Generally, the title of a work of literature exposes the principal concept that the author is trying to convey. Other compositions reveal the significance of their appellation only gradually. In "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams, the intent of the play's label is shown through the writer's use of contrast, repetition, allusion, and point of view.

First, Williams illustrates the polarity between Laura's relationship with her delicate animal collection and the real world. Laura Wingfield, one of the main characters of the literary drama, is an unconfident and extremely timid individual who lives in a society where financial and emotional stability is a rare commodity. While everyone else is trying to make some sort of difference to better their life or career, Laura stays safely out of the grasp of reality. When enrolled in a business class, she drops out because she becomes physically sick in having to confront others.

The twenty-three year old girl withdraws from the changing environment and people around her because she believes they will exhibit animosity towards her due to a physical defect. Instead, she sits at home, lovingly taking care of her assortment of miniature statues to pass the day. Tom Wingfield, her brother, says of her, "She lives in a world of her own, a world of glass ornaments...".

Next, a great deal of repetition concerning emotion and daily routine is apparent in "The Glass Menagerie". Amanda Wingfield, Laura and Tom's mother, reverently reminisces about the days of her youth in the south. She recollects memories of her abundant servants, extravagant home, lavish clothes, and numerous gentleman callers. She speaks in an almost wistful tone that tells of her yearning for the days of yore. She mentions her years of juvenility so often that it is as if she is not...