The Glass Menagerie, Paperback
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Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'.

Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura's romantic illusions are crushed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780141190266



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Setting: This play about moving forward is set in an apartment in St. Louis during the 1930s.Plot: Amanda attempts to find a suitor for her shy daughter Laura.Characters: Tom (protagonist) goes to movies, ultimately leaves; Laura- shy, fragile, owns glass collection, Amanda (antagonist)- flighty, unintentionally cruel; Jim- nice ordinary young manSymbols- blue roses, picture of father, glass collectionCharacteristics: a play about the need to be aware of the presentMy Reaction: I thought the message of the play was true but hearing the satire detracted from its meaning.

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