Glass Menagerie

In The Glass Menagerie, the main characters are Laura, Amanda, Tom, Jim, and Father. Each
character can be found with symbols that best represent them. Laura 's two symbols are Blue Roses and her
glass menagerie, Unicorn. Amanda 's yellow dress and bathrobe can express her love she has of the past
event. Tom 's symbols are the movies and merchant marine. Jim's symbolize itself as a gentlemen caller
for Laura. The Father 's portrait portrays his abandonment of the Wingfield family.
Laura is a hypersensitive young girl. She spends all of her time in a world of glass ornaments and
stayed in her apartment. Even though she tries several times to participate in the outside world, she is too
fragile. The Blue Roses represent the uniqueness of Laura. Blue Roses do not exist in this world or even if
there is, it is not by nature. This rose is different from other roses just as Laura is different from other girls.
The color blue represents the sadness and depression. Laura felt these feelings at home because she is not
as popular as Amanda and she cannot succeed in college that Amanda hopes her to be. Amanda's
expectation caused Laura to feel bad when she does not meet her requirements. Laura had dropped out of
Rubicam Business College and she can not find any gentleman caller. Roses represent Laura along with
her beauty and innocence. The stem of the rose can define as the support that Amanda and Tom gave her.
The thorn is her shyness. It is her shy!
ness that no one wants to go near her and she does not want to go near anyone.
The Glass Menagerie represents Laura' hypersensitive nature and fragility. Laura is just as easily broken as
a glass unicorn and just as unique. When Jim accidentally bumps into the unicorn and breaks it, the
unicorn is no longer unique. When Jim kisses Laura and then shatters her hopes by telling her he is
engaged, she becomes broken-hearted and less unique. The innocence that made Laura so unique is now
lost. Both Laura and the glass menagerie break when they are exposed to the outside world. When Laura
gives Jim her broken unicorn, it symbolizes her broken heart that Jim will take with him when he leaves.
She gives Jim a little bit of herself to take with him and he leaves behind a little bit of himself with her
shattered horses.
Amanda is a middle-aged southern woman whose husband had abandoned her. She spends her
time reminiscing about her seventeen gentlemen callers and nagging at Tom and Laura. She is completely
depending on Tom for financial business of the family and a responsibility for Laura's future. Amanda
dreams back to the time when she was a young girl wearing yellow dress. Those certainly were better days.
The past was a wonderful experience for her compare to the reality which she a now an abandoned wife
with two children. Mr. Wingfield was cruel to leave the family but Amanda still loves him. She wears his
bathrobe and often looks at the portrait of her husband. She can not put the past behind her. Amanda is
obsessed with her past as she constantly reminds Tom and Laura of that one Sunday afternoon in Blue
Mountain. " When Jim arrives, Amanda is dressed in the same girlish frock she wore on the day that she
met her husband. She regresses to her childish days of entertaining!
the gentleman callers. She chooses to live in the past. Moreover, she hoped that the gentleman caller is
not handsome because Mr. Wingfield is handsome and he wins her heart in a second. She does not want
Tom to be a drunkard, have manner in eating, and stop smoking. She wished her children luck, happiness,

and success in the future but irony, she rather live in a life of illusion and recall all of her past experience.
Tom Wingfield loves to go to the movies. But Amanda does not believe that his evenings are so
innocent. She does not understand that Tom wants adventure. Since his life is full of responsibility:
money, future of Laura, boring job. He wanted more in his life than just a worker in a shoe factory. Tom is
very much like Mr. Wingfield because they left home to search