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Symbols are a tool writers like to use to make the readers think deeper into the meaning and message of their stories The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is full of these symbols There are three major symbols that seem to be most important The first major symbol is fire The symbol of fire for Tom is a symbol of escape Tom first uses fire in the form of cigarettes Amanda He rises and crosses downstage Youre not excused from the Tom I am getting a cigarette 164He escapes conversations and arguments by going outside and smoking a cigarette Another example of this escape is when his mother tells him he should save his money and go to night school He replies Id rather smokeWilliams 181 Tom uses smoking to escape social situations which he finds undesirable and uncomfortableTom also physically uses the light from fire to escape other forms of entrapment Tom then uses fire in the scene where he drops his key Since the light from the match never fell upon the key this helped to aid Tom in his escape As the story progresses fire becomes more and more associated with Toms urge to leave Another form of escape by way of fire is the fire escape itself The fire escape represents different forms of escape for each main character Tom uses the fire escape to escape from reality and eventually to escape from his family For Laura the fire escape represents something completely opposite When Laura leaves for the store to go get the family some butter she slips and falls on the fire escape This symbolizes the Laura is unable to leave her situation It also serves as a boundary between reality and a safe dream world for Laura The boundary is broken when Laura finally opens the door for Jim OConnor but when reality Jim leaves the boundary is back
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