An Analysis Of Laura In The Glass Menagerie

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Longing for Impossible Freedom: An analysis of Laura in The Glass Menagerie The French actor and enthusiast, Vincent Cassel, pronounced “You can’t escape from what you are”. No matter how much a person dislikes who they are, they will never be able to escape their body and their mind. People can attempt to forget who they are and what their life is like, but in the end, they will always be stuck in their current situation. Similarly, Laura, in The Glass Menagerie, deals with her self consciousness issues from her leg being disabled. No matter what she does to try and be normal and forget about her uniqueness, it will still be there in the end. In the memory play, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, the mother, Amanda, and her two…show more content…
A trance is dream and dreams are not real. When people dream, they dream of a perfect life where they wish to escape to, but it is not real. Music is a distraction when Laura can feel safe and isolated from the rest of the world to dream about her perfect life. Like a record that is put in a Victrola, that keeps playing the same tune all the time, Laura represents the record inside the victrola. She is trapped inside the apartment, doing the same thing everyday, and all she wants to do is escape from it. Additionally, when Amanda finds out that Laura has skipped business college, Laura explains to Amanda, “ I went in the art museum and the bird houses at the zoo. I visited the penguins everyday ”(15). Laura visits the art museum because art provides her to live in a fantasy of the pictures that paintings provide. Laura wishes to live in the art, but in the end, the paintings are just paintings and they may have been just a vision from the brain and they may not even be real. Most artists paint from the vision of their imagination. Laura went to see the penguins, which are birds that can’t fly, symbolizing Laura with her disability. Laura visits the penguins in order to provide her with a connection with them that she can’t get in the apartment. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the zoo closes, forcing her to return back to her life at the apartment. Because Laura is initially awkward and “weird” from the rest of society, she visits the zoo,
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