Tennessee Williams's stage directions frequently call for music to underscore key moments in a scene. “The Glass Menagerie” theme repeats frequently throughout the play. Laura
associate music with the absent Mr. Wingfield
, who left the family his Victrola. The Victrola player provides Laura an auditory escape and contrasts with the clickety-clack of the typewriter
, which reminds her of her failed attempt to attend business college. Laura also associates music with Jim
, whom she met in the school choir; Jim, we are told, has a beautiful voice.