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why did Tennessee Williams name this play "The Glass Menagerie"?

 

zheen a #215041
Nov 22, 2011 3:18 PM

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why did Tennessee Williams name this play "The Glass Menagerie"?

I want to know why he particularly name it by this name??

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Aslan
Nov 22, 2011 3:31 PM

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In the play Laura has her own private collection of glass animal dolls and the play is called "The Glass Menagerie" after Laura's collection of glass animal dolls. In Scene 7 Laura shows Jim, the Gentleman Caller, her collection and remarks,

"Most of them are little animals made out of glass, the tiniest little animals in the world. Mother calls them a glass menagerie!"

The glass dolls symbolize Laura's own fragility. Laura is crippled and they comfort her as well as remind her of how tenuous life can be.
 

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