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Commentary – Scene 6.

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Commentary - Scene 6 In scene 6 we finally meet the much awaited gentleman caller, Jim. Throughout the play we hear many things about Jim, from the high-school hero he was to the warehouse worker he is, building up a sense of anticipation. Jim's entrance is the only contact the audience have with the outside world. He is, as Tom says, "an emissary from the world of reality". To Laura, Jim is probably the only boy she ever truly liked. He was the hero in high-school and is still a hero in Laura's eyes, as she only remembers him from her memory of his past glory. Jim's character contrasts blatantly with Laura's. Jim is straightforward, optimistic and determined on creating a favorable future for himself whereas Laura, on the other hand, is shy, reclusive and fragile like her glass menagerie, which if handled harshly, breaks easily. This glaring contrast epitomizes how Laura's personality clashes with the real world as Jim represents the real world. Her qualities that make her so delicate and glasslike are defined in this scene; A fragile, unearthly prettiness has come out in Laura: She is like a piece of translucent glass touched by light, Given a momentary radiance, not actual, not lasting. ...read more.

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We learn through Tom's description that Jim is fond of praise, and because Tom was with him in school Tom was "valuable" Jim as he knew of Jim's "former glory". They also have a different outlook on life. Whilst Jim sees the warehouse as starting point to a promising career, Tom views it as a coffin, to which he doesn't know the trick to getting out of, and this is driving him insane, exemplified by the point when he states "I'm starting to boil inside." It is then that Tom's cruel intentions are of leaving his family is revealed. But because he explains his feelings about 'boiling inside' we realize that if Tom doesn't escape he will go insane- his current state of life is eating him up inside. Although it does not justify his actions we do feel sorry for him as everyone once in their life want to escape from life. Because Jim noticeably contradicts with the Wingfields family, one would think that he would be repulsed by them, instead he is charmed. He is "the long delayed but always expected something we live for". Analysis Laura's glasslike qualities become more explicit in Scene Six, where, according to the stage directions, she resembles "glass touched by light, given a momentary radiance." ...read more.

Conclusion

Along these lines, it seems possible that the outside world has not so much rejected the Wingfields as they have rejected the outside world. Analysis: Amanda's expectations for this evening are very high. The apartment has been made over�with great expense�and she has worried Laura by making such a fuss over the evening. Amanda is vicariously reliving her youth, and her longing for that youth is made clear when she dresses in the old frock she wore as a young girl. The escapism of living in the past, however, can never last long for Amanda, since all stories of her glory days end with her married to the faithless Mr. Wingfield. Although Jim is charmed by Amanda, Tom is slightly embarrassed by her behavior. She is not acting her age. Tom's plans to abandon Amanda and Laura are revealed. His intentions are a perverse alteration of the deal offered by Amanda: she wanted him to wait until Laura could find a husband. Tom has only provided a gentleman caller, and he is already planning to leave. We know from Tom's description of Jim that he enjoys praise. He likes the company of people who admire him, and his interaction with Laura in Scene Seven will show how this love of admiration compromises his consideration of others. ...read more.

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