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Symbols in glass menagerie

By Michael Anthony Chait

Ms. Allen 8th Period

on 7 May 2011

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Laura's Symbols in "The Glass Menagerie" http://www.kebnradio.com/RYS.html http://www.filemagazine.com/thecollection/archives/2008/03/blue_roses.html http://lasaraallen.com/articles/creative-writing/21-5-800/25800-day-2-this-is-how-the-world-ends/attachment/brian-green-red-candle-with-smoke-curling-up-from-the-wick-after-being-blown-out/ http://www.sportslinkup.com/shop/0-Crystal-unicorn-6-LOWEST.html Blue Roses or Pleurosis Victrola or Security Blanket The Glass Unicorn Mickey Chait In Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie" he writes about a single parent family who depends on the mother, Amanda, to bring home everything needed for the family to function and also reel in a great catch gentleman caller for Laura her daughter. Tennessee Williams uses many different symbols to portray Laura Wingfield such as the glass unicorn, a victrola, and blue roses. "Oh, oh, oh. . .(She returns through the portieres, darts to the victrola, winds it frantically, and turns it on.)" (Williams 792)
Excuse me- I haven't finished playing the victrola. . ." (Williams 792) Tennessee Williams uses a glass unicorn, a victrola and, and also blue roses to symbolize Laura Wingfield in his play "The Glass Menagerie." Unicorns are very unique animals because they are horses with horns on their foreheads. The unicorn accurately represents Laura because she is a very unique individual and because the unicorn in the play is glass and fragile just as Laura Wingfield is. "Put him on the table. They all like a change of scenery one in a while!" (Williams 803)
"Go on, I trust you with him! There now-you're holding him gently!..." (Willams 802-803)
"Haven't you noticed the single horn on his forehead?" (Williams 803)
"But the name I started to call you--wasn't a name!" (p. 799) "I said I had pleurosis--you thought I said Blue Roses. That's always what you called me after that!" (p. 799) The nickname "Blue Roses" was given to Laura by her longtime crush Jim. The blue roses symbolize Laura's past. Laura does not like to recall her past because it is a painful reminder of her first love Jim who is now getting married to someone else. In the play, "The Glass Menagerie" Tennesee Williams uses symbolisim for almost every element of the play. For each character one can really picture what each individual character was representing in this play. Laura Wingfield is symbolized by her unicorn, her victrola, blue roses, and countless other symbols. These symbols really tell the story of how she is a shy, unsocial and very fragile young woman. Williams' brilliant use of symbolism tells a story within itself. Laura represents the vicrola because she uses it as a sort of security blanket to get away from different things in her home life that stress her or make her nervous. She also uses it when Jim when she gets nervous when Jim comes over.
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