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The Glass Menagerie Ch 1-4 (Mr.Master)
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Tom's opening speech sketches the social background of the play and introduces the main characters. What basic information does Tom provide in this speech about his family? About the gentleman caller? About the nature of the play itself?
-Tom smokes, narrator
-The play is a memory
-Gentlemen caller is the most realistic
-Laura is "crippled"; needs $ so has to get married
-Amanda (mother) is crazy
In Scene One, what indications are there that there is tension in the family? Who seems to cause the tension?
Amanda and Tom fight a lot
A play is put in motion by some element that upsets the characters or the status quo at the beginning of the story. The element that sets this play in motion arrives in Scene Two. What is it? How does it upset the opening situation, and how does it set the play in motion?
Laura drops out of Rubicam's Business School leaving her only option to get married, but instead she'd rather play with her glass menagerie
In Scene Two, what does Laura say and do to reveal that she is "set apart" from the real world?
She would rather stay at home with her glass then go out and get a gentlemen caller
What is the significance of the "blue roses" that appear on the screen at the start of Scene Two?
Laura's highschool crush called her "blue roses" when she said "pleurosis"
At this point in the play, does Amanda seem to be a weak or a strong character? Does she arouse your sympathy, or do you think Williams wants you to dislike her? Explain.
She is a very annoying character. She nags constantly making it feel like William wants us to dislike her. However, she is a single mother trying to get her children to have a good life and therefore make the reader feel slightly bad for her
How is it shown that the boy in the yearbook was important to Laura? Why doesn't Amanda seem particularly interested in this young man?
He was Laura's ONLY crush; he's the only one who she seems interested in, "Blue Roses" is important to the play
Tennessee Williams uses the two transparencies at the beginning of the play to enhance the idea that this is a memory play. Check through the stage directions and dialogue to find other uses of visual and sound effects, which, combined with words, help to create "theater poetry." Do any of these effects add a touch of humor to the play?
Humor not really, emotion yes. The music moves the viewer in certain ways, but this play isn't a comedy (to me)
Few people have Laura's specific physical handicap. Do you think most people can identify with her? Why or why not?
I feel they can because we are all insecure about something about ourselves. Her handicap issue is what she is insecure about, that doesn't mean we all have that issue, but the feeling is there
In Scene Two, Amanda is in conflict with Laura. Who is in conflict in Scene Three? What starts the conflict, and what is it about?
Tom and Amanda because Tom hates his job and has nothing of his own to escape to. He goes to the movies and smokes for his relief and Amanda doesn't believe him or think it is right, causing them to fight and tension to occur
Each of the Wingfields escapes from unpleasant reality into a comforting, private world. In Scene One, Amanda escapes from her present circumstances by remembering and talking about her past youth, her beauty, and her romantic successes. How does Laura escape from the real world? What does Tom do to escape from his unhappiness?
Laura has her glass
Tom smokes and goes to the moives
What part does Laura play in the angry argument between Tom and Amanda?
Amanda is obsessed with getting Laura a gentlemen caller and Tom brings it up
What does Amanda ask Tom to do?
Find Laura a gentlemen caller at his work and invite him over for dinner
In the conflict between Tom and Amanda in Scene Three, which character do you sympathize with, and why? What do you think Williams wants you to feel about Amanda?
I feel bad for Tom. He seems to have everything put on him and because his father isn't in the picture he's the only male in the house and therefore has to act as such. He doesn't get a break from his life because it ties into everything else he does. His work is for the family and that's about it. He goes to the movies and smokes for himself and Amanda doesn't understand that's all he has for himself. I think William wants us to feel bad for Amanda. She seems to get over worked with her children, but can't grasp what is really happening, her children aren't what she wants. We're forced to feel bad because she can't fix the problem because she's the only parent in the picture.
How is Laura's relationship with Tom different from her relationship with Amanda? How can you tell that Tom is truly fond of Laura?
Laura cares about Tom and his happiness
Laura wants to get away from Amanda
Tom does things to help Laura to success at life
Amanda often refers to her absent husband, and his grinning picture is highlighted at various times during the play. What does the photograph represent to Amanda? To Tom? How is the photograph a constant threat to Amanda and Laura's survival?
Amanda is reminded of a mistake
Tom is mad that his father left him for an adventure
Amanda knows what happens with the wrong husband and wants Laura to get the right one faster so she can survive
The outburst of anger that ends Scene Three marks the emotional peak of the play so far. How has the playwright prepared you for Tom's anger and Amanda's accusations?
By showing us in the very beginning of how the two act and how they don't get along in the first place
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