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  • Laura And The Glass
    585 words
    Laura, Amanda, Tom, and Jim resort to various escape mechanisms to avoid reality. Laura, fearful of being denigrated as inferior by virtue of her innate inability to walk, is shy and detaches herself from the unfeeling modern world. Amanda tries every means to integrate her into society, but to no avail. She sends her to business school and invites a gentleman caller to dinner. She is both unable to cope with the contemporary world's mechanization represented by the speed test in typing and unab...
  • Stable Life For Laura
    571 words
    Tom Wingfield, the narrator as well as a main character, appears at the beginning to explain that this play is made up of memories, and as such, it will seem unrealistic in some respects. He introduces himself, his mother Amanda, his sister Laura, and the photograph of his long-absent father. He also tells that audience about the most realistic character, Jim, who will be Laura's gentleman caller. The play is set in the 1930's in St. Louis where his family lived in a shabby apartment that looked...
  • Laura's Collection A Glass Menagerie
    2,528 words
    In his drama, The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams uses symbolism in order to develop multi-faceted characters and to display the recurring themes of the play. These various symbols appear throughout the entire piece, and they are usually disguised as objects or imagery. They allow the reader to know the characters' personalities, and their true inside characteristics. These symbols also add to the major themes, which develop as the play gains momentum. In the drama, symbols play the most imp...
  • Unicorn Of The Play
    698 words
    In The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams uses various types of symbolism. He uses the symbols to develop character and theme, to elaborate on what the characters aspire to be, and to identify what they actually are. Laura Wingfield is a very complex and important character to the play. It is from her that the name of the play derives from, being that she is the owner of the menagerie. Her nickname, Blue Roses, is one of the key symbols in the play. It shows the unusual imaginary quality of her...
  • Breaks Some Of Laura's Glass Menagerie
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    The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams The play The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, Williams uses many symbols, which represent many different things. Many of the symbols used in the play try to symbolize some form of escape or difference between reality and illusion. Each character can be found with symbols that best represent them. The first symbol, presented in the first scene, is the fire escape. This represents the "bridge" between the illusionary world of the Wingfield and the w...
  • Tom About Laura
    777 words
    Is Gentleman Jim the Savior Is a man the solution to a family's problems In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Jim O'Connor, the gentleman caller, could be the resolution to the Wingfield's predicaments. Throughout the play Laura Wingfield, the daughter, lives in her childhood. If she married Jim O'Connor, it would fulfill a dream from her days of youth. Secondly, Amanda Wingfield, the mother, needs to get her daughter out on her own. If Laura married Jim, it would take her away from the...
  • Laura Lives In Her Dream World
    425 words
    Laura and Her Ways Laura is a woman who has reached the body of a full adult, but she has yet to gain the brain and thought process of an adult. Laura is a woman that lives in her own dream world, and is not motivated by what is going on in the real world. She is a woman that fails to grow mentally as she does physically. Laura is very shy around people, especially around strangers or someone she likes such as Jim. Jim is a friend of Laura's brother who is invited to dinner one night. Laura had ...
  • Class
    233 words
    Scene 7: Summary: Half an hour later, as dinner is finishing up, the lights go out. Tom feigns ignorance of the cause. Amanda, unfazed, continues to be as charming as she can be. She lights candles and asks Jim to check the fuse box. After Jim tells her that the fuse box looks fine, Amanda suggests that he go spend time with Laura in the living room. As Amanda and Tom do dishes in the kitchen, Laura warms up to Jim, who is charming enough to put her ease. She reminds him that they knew each othe...
  • Glass Laura Aids Characters
    995 words
    Moy 1 Shelly Moy M. Ragan ENG 122 AL November 14, 2002"Outshined Ugliness" Life is a lonely tale of alienation, as Tennessee Williams conveys though his play, "The Glass Menagerie". Williams surrounds Laura in isolation from a world in which they wish to belong to by using various symbols. The symbolic nature of the motifs hidden within the lines of this play provides meaning to the theme found consistent throughout the play: Individuals are all alone in the world. Williams brilliantly illuminat...
  • World Of Illusion Every Character Including Jim
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    A World of Illusion Every character, including Jim uses illusions of the past to escape the reality in which they live in, and non can live in the outside world, the present. They are so dependent on their fantasy worlds that they cannot function properly in their own lives. The characters in Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie constantly live in a world of fantasies rather than living in the present reality. The characters use the fantasy world to escape a reality that they themselves canno...
  • Laura Trips On The Fire Escape
    2,508 words
    "You Can Run, but You Can't Hide" If one chooses not to face reality, it will soon become a "slap in the face" in many ways, which is a major theme portrayed in The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams. The play was published in 1944 and was originally titled The Gentleman Caller. The characters in The Glass Menagerie each have another life they want to lead, yet none but one could actually go face to face with reality and step out into the "real world". There were attempts made by other chara...
  • Laura Trips On The Fire Escape
    1,431 words
    In high school, Jim was basically your all around nice guy. He was friendly to everyone, and an example of this is that he called Laura "Blue Roses". He was being friendly when he nicknamed her that, but otherwise they didn't really talk to each other. That was basically under the only circumstances that they actually talked. The only reason that Jim asked Laura what was the matter in the first place, was because she was out of school for a long time and he was just a little concerned like anyon...
  • Williams Use Of Dialogue And Symbolism
    1,950 words
    Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie, appears as a living, breathing symbol in itself. Williams portrays a vast array of subtle references to human nature in a poetic, yet realistic form. One can discover his immense use of symbolism throughout the play. Amanda's character portrays one for of symbolism that Williams uses, whereas, the glass menagerie, the fragile unicorn, "Blue Roses", and the fire escape pertain to the abstract and in depth form of symbolism. His use of symbolis...

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