Glass managerie themes and symbolisms

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

THEMES and SYMBOLISMS

THEMES

THEME # 1

The Difficulty of Accepting Reality

Each member of the Wingfield family is unable to overcome this difficulty, and each, as a result, withdraws into a private world of illusion where he or she finds the comfort and meaning that the real world does not seem to offer.

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THEME # 1The Difficulty of Accepting Reality

Of the three Wingfields, reality has by far the weakest grasp on Laura. The private world in which she lives is populated by glass animalsobjects that, like Lauras inner life, are incredibly fanciful and dangerously delicate.

THEME # 1The Difficulty of Accepting Reality

Tom is capable of functioning in the real world, as we see in his holding down a job and talking to strangers. But, in the end, he has no more motivation than Laura does to pursue professional success, romantic relationships, or even ordinary friendships, and he prefers to retreat into the fantasies provided by literature and movies and the stupor provided by drunkenness.

THEME # 1The Difficulty of Accepting Reality

Amandas relationship to reality is the most complicated in the play. Unlike her children, she is partial to real-world values and longs for social and financial success. Yet her attachment to these values is exactly what prevents her from perceiving a number of truths about her life.

THEME # 2

The Impossibility of True Escape

Escape can mean two things here: escape from reality into an alternate world, or escape from a trap or confinement. This play hints at the moral ramifications of some kinds of escape, asking the question of who is left behind and what happens to them when you leave.8

THEME # 2The Impossibility of True Escape

The play takes an ambiguous attitude toward the moral implications and even the effectiveness of Toms escape. As an able-bodied young man, he is locked into his life not by exterior factors but by emotional onesby his loyalty to and possibly even love for Laura and Amanda.

THEME # 3

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

THEME # 3DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

InThe Glass Menagerie, duty and responsibility largely arise from family. The play examines the conflict between ones obligations and ones real desires, suggesting that being true to one may necessitate abandonment of the other. We also see that duties are gender specific, and arise largely from the expectations of societal norms.

Other Themes

Other Themes

MEMORY AND THE PAST

WEAKNESs

Other Themes

DECEPTION AND LIES

DREAMS, HOPES, AND PLANS

Symbolisms

Lauras Glass Menagerie

symbolismsLauras collection of glass animal figurines represents a number of facets of her personality. The menagerie also represents the imaginative world to which Laura devotes herselfa world that is colorful and enticing but based on fragile illusions.

Like the figurines, Laura is delicate, fanciful, and somehow old-fashioned. Glass is transparent, but, when light is shined upon it correctly, it refracts an entire rainbow of colors. 16

The Glass Unicorn

The glass unicorn in Lauras collectionsignificantly, her favorite figurerepresents her peculiarity.Laura too is unusual, lonely, and ill-adapted to existence in the world in which she lives. The fate of the unicorn is also a smaller-scale version of Lauras fate in Scene Seven.symbolisms

The Fire Escape

The fire escape, a physical symbol, is used symbolically to represent various aspects of being trapped or as a method of escape. As Williams writes, the "huge buildings are always burning with the slow and implacable fires of human desperation." symbolisms

REFERENCES:

Play Summary. Retrieved November 1, 2016 from https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/g/the-glass-menagerie/play-summary

The Glass Unicorn. Retrieved November 1, 2016 from https://www.google.com.ph/search?q=glass+menagerie&biw=1366&bih=638&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdmbacjIfQAhXHzLwKHS6NCe8Q_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=The+Glass+Unicorn&imgrc=5W5xr9Cn8Z60-M%3A

The Fire Escape. Retrieved November 1, 2016 from https://www.google.com.ph/search?q=themes&biw=1366&bih=589&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiMwP2UoYfQAhWGxbwKHZDyAVQQ_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=The+Fire+Escape&imgrc=4RQ-vL9Ne3UakM%3A

REFERENCES:

The Glass Menagerie. Retrieved November 1, 2016 from http://www.shmoop.com/glass-menagerie/dreams-hopes-plans-theme.html

The Glass Menagerie. Retrieved November 1, 2016 from http://debbiejlee.com/the_glass_menagerie.pdf

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