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The Glass Menagerie uses an extensive pattern of symbolism that describes the characters of TomAmandaLaura and JimGlasslightcolor and music constitute the substance of the dominant symbols and motifsserving to reveal deeper aspects of characters and underlying themes of the playTennessee Williams wrote the play so that each character had a special symbol which resembled their personalityBut he didnt only give the characters of the play a a resembling symbolhe also mentions the apartment blocks to be hivelike conglomerations of cellular living-units resembling a beenstockThe way he describes their location also has a lot of symbolism in its roots because he describes them to be flowering as warty growths in overcrowded urban centers Tennessee Williams used many symbolic aspects to describe Laura and the world she lives inIn the playLaura represents the very fragileshy and emotionally crippled girlIn her mind she lives in a world of glass animals and doesnt have a connection to the real worldThe managerie of glass also represents the fragile relationships among all the charactersThe glass unicorn is most obviously a symbol of Laura--delicatesadly differentan anomaly in the modern worldThe glass motif recurs throughout the whole play in many other formsWhen Laura dropped out of college she constantly visited the zooa glass house of tropical flowers that are as vulnerable as she isDuring Lauras and Jims brief romantic encounterLaura is gaining more confidence about herselfIt seems as if she is starting to escape her world of illusionsWhen they started dancing togetherJim accidently knocked the little glass horse overLaurawho usually worships her glass collection more than anything elsereplied to his excuseHes lost his hornIt doesnt matterMaybe its a blessing in disguise and Ill just imagine he had an operationThe horn was removed to make him feel less--freakishNow he will feel more at home with the other horsesthe ones who dont have hornsThese two quotes give an impression that Laura is finally escaping her illusive worldShe thinks that she might have a chance
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