The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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What is the symbolism of the fire escape? The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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One of the major symbols of "The Glass Menagerie," the fire escape is the means of exit for the characters, an escape from the fires of frustration and rage that burn in the hearts of Williams's personages, and an exit for the father and eventually Tom. At the beginning of the drama, Tom describes this stairway as part of the setting,

The apartment faces an alley and is entered by a fire-escape, a structure whose name is a touch of accidental poetic truth, for all of these huge buildings are always burning with the slow and implacable fires of human desperation.

It is interesting that all the characters...

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