Laura Wingfield's Fragile Menagerie

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Laura Wingfield’s collection of glass animals gives the play its name and is believed to be the most important symbol. The fragile menagerie symbolizes Laura herself, especially in the figure of the unicorn. Laura is crippled and immensely self-conscious, she hides herself away from reality, taking care of her glass figures and listening to old records. Her mother Amanda’s attempts to get Laura out into the world have proved disastrous. For example, Laura was unable to attend business school because of her crippling shyness, and she was equally unable to tell Amanda about her breakdown in front of the class. Instead, she wanders the city rather than face her mother and admit her failure to cope. Just as the glass animals would not survive if
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