Why does Laura keep the glass menagerie? Why does she give Jim her broken unicorn? Is this a positive sign?
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Laura gives Jim the unicorn almost as a "thank you." Although their relationship will neve progress, Jim's presence in Laura's life even for a brief time changed her. It made her feel like she belonged. Thus, like the broken unicorn (now considered a horse), she was no linger different from everyone else.
Laura keeps the menagerie as a means of escape. They provide her with the opportunity to imagine herself somewhere else.... to be a different person.
The Glass Menagerie