The Glass Menagerie exposes the lost dreams of a southern family and their desperate struggle to escape reality. The struggle between wanting to live in a fantasy of dreams to escape the world, and accepting the hardships of reality has existed in society since the beginning of time When the unicorn loses its horn and becomes like the rest of the animals in the glass menagerie, it loses its uniqueness.
Although it is obvious that the glass menagerie represents Laura because of her frailty, Tom, Amanda, and even Jim are exemplified too. Amanda,who is the domineering parent of Tom and Laura,lives in a fantasy world in which she was a young beautiful girl,living in an area called Blue Mountain.
However, they pretend to be happy and content with their lives each one in their own way attempt to create this facade to conceal their true realities This can be seen when Amanda sends Laura to go to the store: Laura trips on the fire escape. Tom also tells us that he is going to give the audience truth disguised as illusion, making the audience conscious of the illusory quality of theater.
This is a characteristic that is able to be overcome, but just needs some assistance Ross 1. To Amanda, Jim represents the days of her youth, when she went frolicking about picking jonquils and supposedly having "seventeen gentlemen callers on one Sunday afternoon.
Finally, the symbol of rainbows is used throughout the story, but is less prominent and obvious than those of the fire escape and the glass menagerie.