In class today we were talking a lot about close reading passages and about the significance of the glass animals, and I thought this passage was really interesting because it portrays the animal as eerily lifelike. The passage starts on page 34: ” The animal’s knees buckled. As they fell, some of the animals lost their heads while other’s bodies broke in two. The broken bodies of some protected the bodies of others from shattering completely. Some lay on their sides, staring out the window.” This passage just stood out to me because I think the animal’s shattering is depicted very violently, and I could picture the carnage that ensued with phrases like “bodies broke in two” and “lost their heads.” If the point of the glass animals is that the young girl identifies with inanimate objects and relates to their confined existence, then their shattering could be representative of her innate desire to break out of her current situation and escape feeling trapped. While reading this book I sometimes forget that the young girl is only six years old because a majority of the books that we have read so far deal with older narrators. Hence, she may not possess the mental capabilities to express her negative emotions, and the violence of the animals shattering could mirror her own desire to break something and release her anger.
Glass Animals Shattering