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In the play The Glass Menagerie author Tennessee Williams expresses his feelings about life during The Great Depression and how it had an effect on some people In this play Tennessee uses different symbols to represent the characters emotions and beliefs There are many symbols used in this play but the three main ones that I picked are the fire escape the picture of their father hanging on the wall and the unicorn in Lauras glass menagerie Symbolism plays a great role in this play because it helps you understand the characters and the changes that they are all going through The symbol that I am going to start out with is the fire escape which is emphasized the most in the first few paragraphs of the play The first symbol that I am going to explain is the fire escape in the back of the Wingfields home Although the fire escape is not usually thought of as a symbol it is an excellent choice in this play The fire escape shows how hard living back then was for some people It shows how beat up the Wingfield apartment is the only reason they use the fire escape is because they cannot use the front door I think that the fire escape relates to the characters because it symbolizes their way of life where they cannot take the easy way the front door but they have to take the hard way the fire escape Another way that the fire escape is used in the play is when Laura slips on her way out to the store this shows how Laura is not used to the world outside of her home This is why I think that the fire escape is a symbol that was used great in this story The second symbol that I chose to describe is the picture of Mr Wingfield hanging on the wall This picture is one of the main symbols
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