In the in the context of Carl Jung, What ONE term that, could shed real light on ANY of the characters?WHY is that person chosen that term and how does it sheds some light on the specific...

In the in the context of Carl Jung, What ONE term that, could shed real light on ANY of the characters?

WHY is that person chosen that term and how does it sheds some light on the specific character from the play? From Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie."

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parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Do you want a repeated expression used by each one of the characters which would reveal a personality trait of that character?  If so, what about Amanda's "Rise and Shine!" as her morning wakeup call? Amanda always tried to look on the bright side of things - sometimes artificially so, as if in a state of denial.

For Tom it would be his "two by four" situation, in which he feels like Houdini miraculously getting out of a box in which he has been confined. Tom loves his family but feels stifled by family obligations in the absence of his family until he finally takes his own 'fire escape' and way out....

For Mr Wingfield, the ominipresent but absent character, it would be (though a quote of Amanda's) "falling in love with long distance" in which absence did indeed 'make the heart go wander.'

Jim has no coined expression; however, he attributes nicknames to people, such as "Shakespeare" for Tom and "Blue Roses" for Laura.  Is he trying to get on a more personal level with people by doing so, or does he simply see them as stereotypes and categories? There is some of both in Jim's affable but non-commital nature.

And for Laura? She is the silent listener most of the time, but as Amanda observes, 'still waters run deep.' Her introvert nature and fragility are best expressed by the glass menagerie she constantly plays with and her 'going in circles' non-ambition, by her playing the same songs on the victrola over and over again simply to pass the time.

 

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