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Thesis To analyze and understand the true dimension of The Glass Menagerie To come to a basic understanding of the undertones of irony symbolism and how the individual characters react to their situations Paper Outline I Introduction II Theme A escape B futility C escape III Symbolism A fire escape B menagerie C Jim IV Irony A Tom B Amanda V Character Analysis A Tom B Amanda C Laura D Jim VI Conclusion The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams has written many famous works of these is The Glass Menagerie It is a memory play recalling those of Williams himself The central characters in the are the Wingfield family and the gentleman caller Jim The elements of theme irony and symbolism are integral parts of the play The play was written about 1939 Its social background is deeply rooted in the Depression This has a great impact in the play The international backdrop is Guernica and the song America sang was The World is Still Waiting for the Sunrise Bloom 14 The harsh reality is America was still in the Depression and on the brink of war The Depression destroyed one American dream while the war destroyed another The perspective of events told is postwar It also destroyed security felt by the American people Toms opening speech re-emphasizes this I give you the truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion To begin with I turn back the hands of time I reverse it to the quaint period the thirties when the huge middle class of America was matriculating a school for the blind Their eyes had failed them or they had failed their eyes so they were having their fingers pressed forcibly down the fiery Braille alphabet of a dissolving economy In Spain there was a revolution Here they were only shouting confusion In Spain there was Guernica Here there were disturbances of labor sometimes pretty violent in otherwise peaceful cities such
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