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The Glass Managerie written by Tennessee Williams is a modern drama that focuses on the personal experiences that a family goes through during the 1930s depression Tom serves as the narrator and protagonist He lives at home with his mom Amanda and his sister Laura whom he supports by working in a show warehouse Tom hates his job very much and constantly dreams of becoming a marine someday Tom dislikes having all these responsibilities and continues to strive for adventure by going to movies and sitting on the fire escape Toms mother Amanda is quite controlling and confused Her husband left when the children were very young Therefore it is hard for her to cope at times and her overload of words belittles them At some points it seems as if Amanda finds it necessary to lie to her children to make matters better Brown has noted that if they lie to others their major lie is to themselves qtd in 457 Toms sister Laura suffers from a minor disorder creating problems in distinguishing the difference between reality and fantasy Due to this disorder Laura becomes very dependent on Tom and Amanda Lastly Jim OConnor is one of Toms friends at the warehouse He is different from all the other characters He works very hard and does his best to reach his goal of obtaining the American Dream Jim acts as a guardian angel for the family letting them all know there is still hope in fulfilling their dreams Tennessee Williams places symbols around these characters that creates a variety of attitudes but one focus survival These symbols used in The Glass Managerie are extremely interesting The unicorn symbolizes Lauras complexity and uniqueness the picture of Mr Wingfield symbolizes a very dictatingstrong influence on the family he deserted and the coffin trick done by Malvolio symbolizes the overwhelming breathtaking pressure that Tom sometimes feel concerning his lifestyleThe unicorn symbolizes ways that Laura is unusual
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