Posted at 10.09.2018
In the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee William's Laura is one of the key character types. Laura has a disability because of her leg. She has a slight limp and must wear a leg brace. Amanda who's Laura and Tom's mom wishes to find Laura a guy, someone who is wonderful for her and can care for her since she has a slight disability. Tom has his friend Jim come over for dinner, whom Laura has already established a crush on for a long time. Jim gets Laura to open up so she is not so timid and shy. Regrettably Jim is involved to be hitched, which hurts Laura but was a good experience on her behalf. Throughout reading the play, each persona has their own symbols which signify them. Which symbols from the play represent Laura? From reading the text, a few symbols that stand for Laura from the play are the goblet menagerie, blue roses and the unicorn.
The cup menagerie is not only the name of the play but it is an actual cup collection that Laura continues. Inside the play, Laura is a very shy and calm girl, so the only thing she really has is her goblet collection which Amanda telephone calls it the goblet menagerie. Within the play Laura says, "My glass collection takes up a great deal of my time. A glass is something you have to take proper care of" (321). She actually is like the cup menagerie because like them she is delicate and cannot move. Since her collection is cup, it can break easily and since Laura is so shy, it is simple for her to break emotionally. For instance, in the play Tom inadvertently breaks one of Laura's a glass figurines and Laura instantly starts crying because her collection is the fact that important to her. Also, Laura and the goblet menagerie cannot move. Although Laura can move physically unlike the glass menagerie, she cannot move away from the apartment and Amanda like her dad and Tom does. Amanda needs Laura to have a man that can take care of Laura since she's a bad lower leg and until Laura finds a guy, Amanda is not going to leave Laura remaining alone. So finally like the glass menagerie Laura is trapped with Amanda in the apartment and cannot move.
Another mark that represents Laura from the play is blue roses. Laura provides the nickname blue roses from Jim when they were in school mutually. Laura says, "WHILE I had that assault of pleurosis-he asked that which was the matter whenever i came back. I said pleurosis-he thought I said Blue Roses!" (289). Blue roses are beautiful, different and unique. Laura differs from other folks. She of course has her bad calf but she is also a very shy person. For example while Laura was in Business College she was required to speak 1 day in course Laura instructs Amanda, "I couldn't return back. I-threw up-on the floor!" (288), so because of this Laura never does go back to Business School. Like blue roses, Laura is also unique and beautiful in her own way.
Last but not least, the unicorn also presents Laura. Unicorns will vary then other kinds enjoy it. Unlike regular horses, the unicorn has a horn on its head. The unicorn is one of Laura's goblet figurines from her collection. Laura says, "The unicorn is her favorite one" (322). While Jim and Laura are dance, Jim bumps the table knocking the unicorn over; the unicorn loses its horn and becomes like all the regular horses without horns on their heads. Once the unicorn's horn breaks, it is similar to all the other horses, which can also reflect Laura because after being broken out of her shell she too can become like other young ladies and fit in better.
Many folks have glass collections like Laura, although many of them may not have an emotional link with the glass as Laura does. Laura's a glass collection is not real because it is made out of wine glass, something that can break quite simple. It cannot do anything individuals but sit down there on a shelf. Even though Laura's a glass collection is not real will not imply she cannot have an emotional tie up to it. A lot of men and women have emotional ties to things they own, whether it includes sentimental value or not. Just like the goblet menagerie, blue roses are also not real. Though there is not such thing as blue roses, there are people on the planet that can color flowers to make sure they are look a certain color whether its using coloring or color dye. Naturally there is absolutely no such thing as a unicorn; it is merely a mystical creature. Since unicorns are not real one might think adding a unicorn in a play may be unproductive and not needed because unicorns do not are present. Although it holds true unicorns do not can be found, the unicorn has symbolic representation to Laura's persona in the play.
The cup menagerie, blue roses and the unicorn are just a few symbols from the play that stand for Laura but there are many more. Like Laura, everyone has things in their life that can symbolize them. Total, Tennessee William's play is well written with enough information to aid each character.
William, Tennessee. A glass menagerie. Exploring Books: writing and arguing about fiction, poetry and the article Ed. Frank Madden. 4th ed. NY: Pearson Longman, 2009. 281-329. Print.