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Characters Made Of Glass Essay

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In Tennesse Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie" it is the characters that are really a glass collection. Like any group of people they are each different, but they each possess a quality like glass.Glass can be many things. It can be a window you look out of or a mirror that reflects an image. It is fragile. You must be so careful with it so it does not shatter. It must be polished and cleaned to reveal its beauty. The lives and traits of Laura, Tom, Jim, and Amanda are all like glass. Laura is the most delicate of the group. Ever since she was a little girl she has had insecurity about her leg. This has prevented her from living her life. When she looks into the mirror she ...view middle of the document...

He does not want to abandon his mother and sister like his father did. Tom would feel too guilty if he left them to fend for themselves. He doesn't want to destroy the dreams his mother has for the family. He knows they would not make it without him. So he stays for a long time, just longing to be on the other side of the window. When Tom finally leaves to pursue his dreams he realizes that he is always looking back inside of that window. He constantly worries about Laura. He talks to Laura, "Oh, Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be!" Tom's dreams will forever be shattered because of his guilt; he never wanted to ruin his family for selfish reasons. Toms says to Jim, "I'm like my father. The bastard son of a bastard!" Jim also possesses glass characteristics. In Laura's eyes he is perfect. No flaws, no defects. He shines wherever he goes. She holds him up on a pedestal and admires his beauty. But what she sees in him is only what he was in school. She does not realize that he is not as wonderful as she remembers him. His life did not go the way everyone in high school thought it would. He is always looking at himself, wishing he could see another person. He has to keep dreaming of how his future will be so he can be happy. He tells Laura after signing her yearbook, "My signature isn't worth very much right now. But someday"”maybe"”it will increase in value!" He wishes his life had turned out differently. He wishes he wasn't working at the warehouse going nowhere with his life.In the play Jim is always polishing his own...

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