What Is the Significance of the Title, "The Glass Menagerie?"

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Why did Tennessee Williams call his play set in the 1930's, a family drama, `The Glass Menagerie'? The play has three main characters, the mother, Amanda and the two children, Tom and Laura. A gentleman caller called Jim steps into the final scenes, and the father of the family is mentioned who left them, `He was a telephone man who fell in love with long distances.' The whole play is about a family who are under pressure both from outside and within their society to live their lives the right way.

Laura, Amanda's daughter in the play is the character who has the most significance in what the play is all about she explains why William's gave the play its title. `The Glass Menagerie' is Laura's collection of glass animals and is the
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The breakage of her glass is as if someone has inflicted great pain on Laura, `My glass! -menagerie....'(she covers her face and turns away.)

In scene seven Laura is re-united with her old school crush Jim O'Connor, he breaks her favourite glass animal the unicorn. The reader expects Laura to get upset by her horse breaking and go and hide but instead she acts quite calmly, `It doesn't matter. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise.' Laura even turns the breakage into a joke, `The horn was removed to make him feel less- freakish!' Jim tells Laura during the evening that she is `pretty' and that she is something very special, `They're common as-weeds, but-you-well, you're-Blue roses!' Then ironically just as he had told Laura that she was something very special he explains he is in love with a `girl named Betty' and that `Being in love has made a new man of me!' Understandably Laura is disappointed but manages to hide it and even offer Jim the broken unicorn as a souvenir. This shows that a relationship between the pair of them could never happen and like the

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