Which protagonist does Tennessee Williams resemble most in the play?
The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura….
|The Glass Menagerie|
|Setting||A St. Louis apartment, late 1930s|
What does Laura do after she opens the door for Tom and Jim?
What does Laura do after she opens the door for Tom and Jim? She faints. She starts crying and shaking. She asks Jim if he would like to play a game.
What nickname does Jim Call Tom at the warehouse?
What is Amanda short for?
Amandine, Amy, Mandy, Manda. Amanda is a Latin female gerundive name meaning “deserving to be loved,” “worthy of love,” or “loved very much by everyone.” Its diminutive form includes Mandy, Manda and Amy.
How is Tom’s life in the apartment like a coffin?
It’s important to note that Tom is also trapped inside his own head and his own memories. The apartment is a coffin, but the stage itself is also a trap for Tom. He keeps putting himself voluntarily back into the coffin of his memories because he feels too guilty to escape completely.
How are Amanda’s comments to Tom about instinct ironic?
Why are Amanda’s statements about instinct ironic? -She Tells Tom to follow his instincts but she doesn’t, Amanda married a husband who left her.
When the play begins Tom is dressed in a merchant sailor uniform What does his attire foreshadow?
|Why do the stage directions often call for a light to shine on Laura when she is not part of a conversation?||to illustrate that she is central to the play|
|When the play begins, Tom is dressed in a merchant sailor uniform. What does his attire foreshadow?||Tom’s desertion of his mother and sister|
Why does Ave Maria play before Tom apologizes to Amanda?
7. Why does “Ave Maria” play before Tom apologizes to Amanda? Earlier in the play, Laura said that Amanda looks “like the picture of Jesus’ mother” when she is disappointed. “Ave Maria” is a traditional hymn dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
What is the significance of the music Ave Maria during the meeting of Tom and Amanda after their fight?
In scene four, “Ave Maria” plays softly in the background, symbolizing Amanda’s duties as a mother. Throughout the play, music swells and recedes with the rising and falling of the characters’ emotions.
What is the relationship between Amanda and Tom?
From the numerous interactions between Amanda and Tom, I have seen nothing but a dysfunctional relationship. The only “connection” they have with each other is maintained (with much effort) by Laura. Tom obviously cares or perhaps pities his sister; for she is crippled and is extremely venerable.
What story does Amanda tell Tom and Laura at the dinner table in Scene 1?
Laura tells her she isn’t expecting any, and Amanda tells how one Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, she had seventeen gentlemen callers all on one afternoon. Tom and Laura have heard this story many times but listen patiently to it again.