For Laura, 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.
Typewriter Quotes in The Glass Menagerie
The The Glass Menagerie quotes below all refer to the symbol of Typewriter. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the New Directions edition of The Glass Menagerie published in 1999.).
Typewriter Symbol Timeline in The Glass Menagerie
The timeline below shows where the symbol Typewriter appears in The Glass Menagerie. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the audience first sees the apartment's fire escape, then the living room which features a typewriter, a display case with glass animals, and a blown-up photograph that the stage directions explain... (full context)