The Glass Menagerie
The play The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, Williams uses
many symbols which represent many different things. Many of the symbols
used in the play try to symbolize some form of escape or difference between
reality and illusion.
The first symbol, presented in the first scene, is the fire escape.
This represents the "bridge" between the illusory world of the Wingfields
and the world of reality. This "bridge" seems to be a
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broken love to Jim, as Jim has revealed that he is
engaged to be married.
As can be seen, there are quite a few symbols in this play. And a
number of them have diverse meanings. Most of these symbols have a direct
meaning in the author's own life. This is understandable seeing that the
play is supposed to be "memory play." It is obvious that this memory play
is based on Williams' own memories.