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Tennessee Williams states through the character of Tom that he has a poets weakness for symbols and this is especially evident in The Glass Menagerie his first commercial success As a playwright Williams faces the challenge of introducing imagery that is either viable or audible to the audience He achieves this through his use of lighting music and stage setting Williams calls this a memory play both in the production notes and in the core text and as such he is able to use imagery and symbols which are self-consciously theatrical without it looking obscure Williams broke away from the naturalistic movement of his time and The Glass Menagerie is a prime example of this The music used in the play is incredibly significant Williams communicates this again through Tom In memory everything seems to happen to music That explains the fiddle in the wings The play has its own theme tune described as the lightest most delicate music in the world and perhaps the saddest This piece of music is inextricably linked to Laura and is used primarily to reflect the melancholy mood of the play and add emphasis her emotional strife at specific moments throughout the play For example at the end of scene one Laura Mothers afraid Im going to be an old maid The scene dims out with Glass Menagerie music This music is used to create an air of poignancy specific to the tragedy of the pay As an original piece of music it will hold no other meaning for an audience and by choosing to do so Williams ensures that his audience becomes entirely involved with his characters A completely different variety of music is also used in this play The music which transmits from The Paradise Dance Hall provides a contrast to the sombre mood of the play When Tom is trying to force his mother into facing the reality
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