• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Glass Menagerie - Symbols

Extracts from this document...


In The Glass Menagerie there are many main symbols these are stage props, stage lighting and stage sounds. In regard to stage props the main ones are the glass menagerie, the fire escape and Mr. Wingfield's picture. Also in terms of stage lighting the main symbols are the candles, spotlight and the moonlight. And finally the main symbols for stage sounds are the Glass menagerie music, paradise dance hall music (PDH) and Laura's Victorola. Tennessee Williams generally uses symbolism in the play to deepen our understanding of characters and to emphasis the play's themes. The characters we understand in the play throughout this are Tom, Laura, Amanda, and Jim. The themes that are particular highlighted are dreams, time, communication and imprisonment. One of Tennessee Williams's first main symbolic symbols is his use of stage props. My first main focus is on the glass menagerie itself. First of all the glass menagerie symbolises Laura's delicacy, just like glass the reason for this is because Laura is very fragile and can easily be broken, mentally and physically. There is one specific part in the play where Jim is admiring her menagerie. There is one glass object that Laura really likes which is a unicorn, so she picks it up and gives it to Jim then Jim accidentally drops it. As it hits the ground the horn from the horse falls off, this breakage of the horse's horn could symbolise Laura's heart being broken by Jim. ...read more.


but what's a candle with out a flame so it works both ways Laura needs Tom as a support and Tom needs Laura as a support. Also whenever we see candles we often refer to them as a holy symbol, like something you see at church. This idea of a church also links to Laura, because you don't only get candles in churches but you also get nuns. Laura is like a nun in a way because nuns shut themselves away and chose to do so in the name of God so does Laura but not in the name of God but of her own free will. The reason for this is because she would not be able to cope or even survive mentally with the outside world, without some sot of support like Tom by her side. One of Tennessee Williams is third main uses of symbols is sound. The first main focuses are on the glass menagerie music. The glass menagerie music symbolises peace and harmony in the house and the play because classical music is normally very relaxing which the menagerie music is for example the music shows that Laura is delicate and fragile just like the her menagerie. The second focus is on the Paradise Dance hall music. The Paradise Dance hall music is mainly used when Amanda is talking and thinking about Blue Mountain. ...read more.


American civil war The American civil war started in 1861 and ended in 1865. The two army's that were fighting were the confederate states and the United States. The main reason why the civil war started was because the confederate states wanted to self govern and there was a very big problem with slavery because the Negro's as they were called, were being kept as slaves and made to pick cotton from the cotton fields. The war lasted for 4 years and the people who come out on top were the Yankees. What effects did the war have on the country though? Well first of all slavery was abolished therefor there was no cotton picking and the Negro slaves had more privileges for example they got to vote for the next presidential election. Spanish civil war The Spanish civil war began in 1936 and ended in 1939. This time there were lots of nations involved. The fight was between the nationalists (the bandies) who were made up of Germany and Italy, and the republicans (goodies) which are made up of England and France. The nationalists were very strong, powerful and rich they also had powerful leaders by the name of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco, but the republicans had England and France and later on in the battle the Russians came for support. During the war the nationalists were planning to attack by dropping bombs on the republicans they hit many public buildings but they also missed most of their major army basses. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Glass Menagerie section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Glass Menagerie essays

  1. The Glass menagerie - 'Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is ...

    The audience, however, does not receive a sense of the time that passes. In memory, time has little meaning as our minds race between the recent and distant past. For example, Tom exists in the 'present' in the play while the events taking place occurred in the past.

  2. The importance of theatrical devices in the staging of 'The Glass Menagerie'

    Other times, the music comes from inside the space of the play-that is, it is a part of the action, and the characters can hear it. Examples of this are the music that wafts up from the Paradise Dance Hall and the music Laura plays on her victrola.

  1. Important Symbols and Themes of The Glass Menagerie

    Tom, who considers himself a poet, can understand mans need for romance and adventure. The number one obstacle keeping Tom from entering reality is Amanda, who criticizes him for being a "selfish dreamer" (Williams 281). Tom has already take steps to ensure his escape into reality by transferring the payment

  2. Theme of Escape in the Glass Menagerie

    as a memory, show his need for escape that never was fully achieved because psychologically he is still trapped. But when the day of departure arrives for Tom, the guilt of abandoning Laura is over whelming. Williams explains the true nature of escape; that physical relief might be achieved but this does not guarantee emotional freedom at the same time.

  1. The themes of freedom and imprisonment play an important part in theplay 'The glass ...

    When she talks about her past, a spotlight appears on stage pointing at Amanda. 'Her eyes lift, her face glows, her voice becomes rich and elegiac', which shows how much more she enjoyed life before she met the father. She shows regret in her tone when she says she picked

  2. Relationships in The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams.

    Her "mission" is to make sure this doesn't happen. She needs Tom's support- financially and also as a male image in the house. And above all these, there is of course the motherly love she feels towards her own son. Their relationship is very ironic- essentially they both have the same goals, dreams and escapist characters.

  1. The Glass Menagerie

    A paramount scene throughout the play is where Jim, the "gentlemen caller" is trying to make conversation with an inhibited Laura. Eventually Jim pursues her enough for a dance, only to end up bumping the table and breaking the glass Unicorn's horn.

  2. The Glass Menagerie - Symbols used to describe the characters

    This fantasy life that Laura longs for is probably why she thought she could get away with deceiving her mother about going to business school. In scene three, the glass ornaments represent Laura's shattered emotion. Amanda and her son Tom gets into a quarrel.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work