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The play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams Williams usesmany symbols which represent many different things Many of the symbolsused in the play try to symbolize some form of escape or difference betweenThe first symbol presented in the first scene is the fire escapeThis represents the bridge between the illusory world of the Wingfieldsand the world of reality This bridge seems to be a one way passageBut the direction varies for each character For Tom the fire escape isthe way out of the world of Amanda and Laura and an entrance into the worldof reality For Laura the fire escape is a way into her world A way toescape from reality Both examples can readily be seen Tom will standoutside on the fire escape to smoke showing that he does not like to beinside to be a part of the illusionary world Laura on the other handthinks of the fire escape as a way in and not a way out This can beseen when Amanda sends Laura to go to the store Laura trips on the fireescape This also shows that Lauras fears and emotions greatly affect herphysical condition more so than normal peopleAnother symbol presented deals more with Tom than any of the othercharacters Toms habit of going to the movies shows us his longing toleave the apartment and head out into the world of reality A place whereone can find adventure And Tom being a poet can understand the needs ofman to long for adventure and romance But he is kept from enteringreality by Amanda who criticizes him as being a selfish dreamer ButTom has made steps to escape into reality by transferring the payment of alight bill to pay for his dues in the Merchant Seamans UnionAnother symbol which deals with both Amanda and Laura is JimOConnor To Laura Jim represents the one thing she fears and does notwant to face reality Jim is a perfect example of the common man Aperson
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