Motifs in the glass menagerie

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Motifs in the glass menagerie

  1. 1. Motifs in The Glass Menagerie
  2. 2. The glass menagerie <ul><li>Represents being taken care of </li></ul><ul><li>Glass unicorn represents Laura’s fragility </li></ul><ul><li>Unicorn breaks; no longer different; Laura is now like everyone else – for a small while </li></ul><ul><li>Unicorn’s horn is its deformity; like Laura’s limp </li></ul><ul><li>Gives Laura a purpose in life; a reason to get up in the morning </li></ul>
  3. 3. movies <ul><li>Tom’s need for adventure </li></ul><ul><li>Tom’s need to get away from his mother; the warehouse; expectations of being something he isn’t </li></ul>
  4. 4. Warehouse <ul><li>Represents the dullness of Tom’s job; his life </li></ul><ul><li>To Amanda, it’s security </li></ul>
  5. 5. Gentlemen callers <ul><li>Happiness; a man makes you happy </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda was well-liked </li></ul><ul><li>Represent self-deception (Amanda will find someone for Laura) </li></ul><ul><li>Represent what Amanda could have had </li></ul>
  6. 6. The fire escape <ul><li>Someplace to get away (outside the apartment) </li></ul><ul><li>Laura falls; she cannot leave; must stay where she is </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Yearbook <ul><li>Laura wasn’t accepted socially </li></ul><ul><li>Reoccurring symbol of her past; limp, unpopularity </li></ul><ul><li>Shows how popular Jim was </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrates the contrast between Jim and Laura </li></ul><ul><li>Living in the past </li></ul>
  8. 8. phonograph <ul><li>Represents the father; Laura misses him; Amanda doesn’t like the reminder </li></ul><ul><li>Laura uses it as a shield against anything she doesn’t want to deal with. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Father’s picture <ul><li>Amanda’s fear that Tom will be like his father and move out </li></ul><ul><li>Memory of things past </li></ul><ul><li>Represents far away places and dreams of escape </li></ul>
  10. 10. music <ul><li>Sets a background of play as memory </li></ul><ul><li>Music from the dance hall serves as commentary on the action </li></ul>

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