In the story The Glass Menagerie, the unicorn losing its horn is a symbol. The unicorn in its original state symbolizes something different. It is delicate, beautiful, and precious in its own unique way. This could symbolize Laura. She has natural beauty in an "unearthly way", that is hidden by her shyness and limp. When the unicorn loses its horn it becomes like the rest of the horses, similiar in appearance. When Laura starts to talk to Jim she begins to have more confidence in herself and realizes that she too is not much different from everyone else in the world. In this situation the horn symbolizes a difference, an obstacle, and one thing separating the unicorn, aperson, from all the other horses. One characteristic that can be overcome yet admired for its uniqueness.