The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, what is the symbolism of the Victoria?

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Many of the characters and items in The Glass Menagerie are symbolic. The story takes a look at different types of people and their actions through life, so almost everything has some representative meaning beyond the straightforward narrative of the plot.

The Victoria is used by Laura after she is overwhelmed by anxiety and fear when attempting to take a rest for business school. Laura, having a disability and typically being incapable of work or socialization, retreats into her own world mentally, focusing on the records from the past, choosing to listen to music her mother used to enjoy. This nostalgia prevents her from socializing and expanding her horizons. In this way, the Victoria symbolizes memories and...

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