Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Glass Menagerie

vintage Hand blown Glass Animals collection delicate lines 4 Birds and a Deer Murano style Glass Menagerie
vintage glass animals

Glass Menagerie (Heinemann Plays)
"The Glass Menagerie" written by Tennessee Williams in 1945

The play "The Glass Menagerie," by Tennessee Williams, was one of those readings in college that just stuck with me.  There was something about it that captured my heart; something to do with the sweetly sentimental themes, the symbolic characterization and setting.  Central to the play is introverted Laura Wingfield and her collection of glass animals.   Her little glass figures are highly symbolic of her fragile world of dreams, and her own place in that world as opposed to the world outside.  The play is tragic and lovely.
It is also autobiographical.  Williams' sister (Rose) was extremely withdrawn, and continued to lose herself in her own dream world as the years went by.  Although it is sad, there is something very beautiful about a person who is easily bruised by the harshness of the world, who cannot fight the battle.  She is as rare as the unicorn in the menagerie, and as fragile as glass.
I like to think of those delicate little animals on the shelf.  The refuge and joy of one.

A few things for your home and the holiday, reminiscent of "The Glass Menagerie."

Rustic Romp Taper Holder
Glass animal taper holder.
Sweet Unicorn perfume bottle
vintage perfume bottle

Iced Rack Tree Topper
Glass antler tree topper.

Dream Menagerie Rug
Dream menagerie rug.
I am excited to share the room that made me think of this play!  Next week I will post pictures of Faith's finished bedroom...her own little refuge.

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