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Life: A Metaphoric Symbol Of Its’ Self

834 words - 4 pages

Brandy Pearce
Mr. Kowalchuk
English 20-1
18 February 2010
Life: A Metaphoric Symbol Of Its’ Self
What makes us look for symbols in our lives?  We use symbols as metaphoric meanings for our lives, to maybe try and grasp a better understanding of it. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams has many symbols to represent specific characters. Such as the fire-escape embodies Tom’s desires, and how glass unicorn exemplifies Laura’s qualities. The Glass Menagerie is virtuous literary example on the use of symbols as metaphorical meanings.
With the many symbols Tennessee Williams use in the glass menagerie, the fire-escape would be the most prominent.  The ...view middle of the document...

The symbol of the fire escape foreshadows Tom leaving, permanently crossing the bridge.
The Glass Menagerie, along with being the title of the novel, is also a symbol. One that is a allegory for Laura. The glass menagerie is Laura’s escape world. As shown by Tom “She lives in a world of her own- a world of little glass ornaments.” (Williams, 81). Laura is constantly returning to her glass ornaments, when ever she is feeling alone or out of her comfort zone. The glass menagerie is a good interpretation of Laura because it is delicate, transparent, precarious, just as she is. Though, Laura would be most associated with the glass unicorn out of her collection. The unicorn is a perfect metaphor of Laura’s life. This is also said by Jim “unicorns-aren’t they extinct in the modern world?...Poor guy must be lonely.”(Williams, 121-122). This shows Laura’s characteristics and veiw on life. She is lonely and lets a physical disability get in the way of becoming part of society and the real world. Just as the unicorn is, she is easily breakable, and is, eventually broken.
“There are two ways to go when you hit that crossroads in your life: There is the bad way, when you sort of give up, and then there is the really hard way, when you fight back. I went the hard way and came out of it okay. Now, I'm...

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