Search Menu

Contents

Laura Wingfield

Laura Wingfield

Laura Wingfield

Laura Wingfield

The physically and emotionally crippled Laura is the only character in the play who never does anything to hurt anyone else. Despite the weight of her own problems, she displays a pure compassion—as with the tears she sheds over Tom’s unhappiness, described by Amanda in Scene Four—that stands in stark contrast to the selfishness and grudging sacrifices that characterize the Wingfield household. Laura also has the fewest lines in the play, which contributes to her aura of selflessness. Yet she is the axis around which the plot turns, and the most prominent symbols—blue roses, the glass unicorn, the entire glass menagerie—all in some sense represent her. Laura is as rare and peculiar as a blue rose or a unicorn, and she is as delicate as a glass figurine.

Other characters seem to assume that, like a piece of transparent glass, which is colorless until light shines upon it, Laura can take on whatever color they wish. Thus, Amanda both uses the contrast between herself and Laura to emphasize the glamour of her own youth and to fuel her hope of re-creating that youth through Laura. Tom and Jim both see Laura as an exotic creature, completely and rather quaintly foreign to the rest of the world. Yet Laura’s crush on the high school hero, Jim, is a rather ordinary schoolgirl sentiment, and a girl as supposedly fragile as Laura could hardly handle the days she spends walking the streets in the cold to avoid going to typing class. Through actions like these, Laura repeatedly displays a will of her own that defies others’ perceptions of her, and this will repeatedly goes unacknowledged.

More characters from The Glass Menagerie

Test Your Understanding with the Laura Wingfield Quiz

Take a quiz on this section
Test Your Understanding with the Laura Wingfield Quiz

TAKE THE QUIZ
+
#

LAURA WINGFIELD QUIZ

What does Tom do that none of the other characters do?
Remembers the past
Dances
Test Your Understanding with the Laura Wingfield Quiz
TAKE THE QUIZ

Laura Wingfield QUIZ

+
Test Your Understanding with the Laura Wingfield Quiz
TAKE THE QUIZ

More Help

Previous Next
Message

by MasondedeJohn, February 10, 2017

I think this analysis was very informative. Some of your thought I find very interesting and true. But I wish you use this service next time -

https://homework-writer.com/

. It could really ease your life.

1 Comments

1 out of 3 people found this helpful

essay help

by LeonMcMillen, August 03, 2017

Essay writing was never my forte as English isn’t my first language but because I was good at math so they put me into Honors English. I really couldn’t be assed with reading King Lear and then writing a 5,000 word paper on it so I looked up essay services and

https://digitalessay.net

was the first link to come up. I was kind of shocked with the quality of the paper they gave me. I received a very articulate and well-written piece of writing for like $20. Recommended it to a bunch of my foreign friends and now they use it too.

Nice.

by MariaDPettiford, August 15, 2017

The Glass Menagerie is a five-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. Highly recommend it to everyone!

https://paperovernight.com/

See all 5 readers' notes   →