The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

1114 WordsApr 19, 20165 Pages
In the play by Tennessee Williams, “The Glass Menagerie,” Williams uses many symbols to help the audience better understand the Wingfield family. Many of the symbols used in the play portray some form of escape from reality. The first symbol revealed to the audience is the fire escape. This represents the connection between the imaginary world of the Wingfield’s and the world of reality. Each character seems to be able to find their escape in their own, personal way. For Tom, the fire escape is the way out of the world that Amanda is forcing on him and a doorway into a world of complete and utter freedom. For Laura, the fire escape is a way into her own world and a literal escape from reality. Amanda perceives the fire escape as a way for gentlemen callers to come in and meet her daughter. This will also help her to escape her own depressing life. In the opening speech Tom says, "I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion" (). Everyone in the play seeks rescuing from their lives, attempting to escape into an imaginary world. In "The Glass Menagerie," Williams ' fire escape portrays each of the character 's need to use it as a literal exit from their own reality. The Glass Menagerie is set in the apartment of the Wingfield family located in the city of Saint Louis. It is only one of many apartments in the neighborhood. Out of the three Wingfield family members, none of them like living in the cramped, uncomfortable apartment. The only thing trapping them in their
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