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Throughout The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams utilizes a variety of symbols The symbols create innusual vibes that make the entire play The symbols range from the jonquils to the unicornThe jonquils that are referred to from time to time throughout the drama represent Amandas obsession with her youthful past jonquils became an absolute obsession p951 When Amanda is taken back to her youthful days she reminisces about her loads of gentlemen callers She always speaks fondly of her beauty and shape the 17 gentlemen callers she had once received One seventeen--gentlemen callers p929 she saysThe symbolism of the unicorn ironically simple The unicorn symbolizes Laura Laura is very different from normal young females She is confined in her own little world The unicorn and Laura are parallel in that both stand out Jim notices notices and recognizes the fact and states Unicorns arent they extinct in the modern world p 966 He also says You knows--you are--well---very differentp266When Laura opens up to Jim her fears begin to evaporate Because this metamorphosis occurs she becomes more like your average or typical girl When the unicorn breaks Laura seems to be aware that change may be good When she says to Jim Maybe its a blessing in disquise p966 her change becomes more apparent The hornless glass animal is transformed into a normal glass figure when the unicorn breaks On p966 Laura states Ill just imagine the horn was removed to make him feel less freakish also allows the reader to know that when Laura dances and converse with Jim she too feels less freakishThe scarf picture of Amandas husband and coffin symbolize escape for Tom The use of the magicians scarf on Laura that changes canaries to goldfish and so forth is a lame attempt The intentions and motives are that Laura will be transformed into a productive independent and married individual Why So that Tom can leave home with the assurance that she is well
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