Each piece has a unique purpose and style, each was completely hand made through the art of mouth blown or blow-mold production. All pieces are in excellent condition without damage or serious wear. Most of this collection is 18th and 19th Century and becoming very rare for collectors.
Summary Analysis The Wingfield apartment is in a lower-middle-class St. Louis tenement building that faces an alleyway.
Through the dim lighting, the audience first sees the apartment's fire escape, then the living room which features a typewriter, a display case with glass animals, and a blown-up photograph that the stage directions explain is of the absent Wingfield father. The stage directions also describe a screen located on stage upon which words and pictures will sometimes appear during the play.
The cramped apartment emphasize the tough times facing the Wingfields. The fire escape gives the glimmer of escape from the close quarters, but it's not a real escape. The onstage screen that displays images keeps the audience aware that the play is meant to be symbolic and stylized rather than realistic.
Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Tom enters, dressed as a merchant sailor and smoking a cigarette, and speaks directly to the audience. He explains that he is the narrator of the play as well as a character in it.
Tom sets the historical and social background of the play in the late s, when the working class of the United States was still suffering from the aftereffects of the Great Depression. He comments that the play is a memory play, his memory, and not a realistic depiction of life.
His out-of-place merchant marine uniform suggests he's creating it from some time in the future, after leaving.
Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Tom tells the audience about the four characters in the play—himself, his mother Amanda, his sister Laura, and a man named Jim they knew from high school—and adds that the father is the fifth character, although he abandoned the family years ago and only appears as the portrait.
His abandonment haunts the family and sets the precedent for male figures who will abandon Amanda and Laura, just as his blown-up portrait suggests that the family doesn't face reality, the fact that he is gone and doesn't seem to care.
Amanda nags him about displaying proper table etiquette until Tom, exasperated, gets up to smoke. Laura tries to rise to serve dessert, but Amanda insists she sit and stay fresh for gentlemen callers.
Amanda tells a story of her youth in the South when on one Sunday afternoon she entertained seventeen gentlemen callers at her home in Mississippi, a story she has clearly told many, many times before.
The lights dim and music begins to play. Tom indulges Amanda, but has to be nudged to do so, showing his frustration with the seemingly endless cycle of repetition.
Active Themes Amanda suggests that Laura practice her typing as she waits for gentleman callers to arrive. Amanda tries to project two separate visions of success on Laura: Laura doesn't believe in these visions, though, and doesn't seem to believe in herself.
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LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Glass Menagerie, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Raphel, Adrienne. "The Glass Menagerie Scene 1." LitCharts.
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