, the typewriter
symbolizes the confines of the business world that she escapes by walking in the park or immersing herself in her glass menagerie. For Amanda
, the typewriter comes to signify both Laura’s failure to finish her business course as well as Tom’s failure to commit himself more fully to his warehouse job. For Tom
, however, the typewriter serves as a means of escape from the confines of his world, as he uses it to compose his manuscripts.