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In The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams, what is an example of Laura's internal...

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renwesley | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2010 at 11:10 AM via web

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In The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams, what is an example of Laura's internal charm when Jim O'Connor comes over to Laura's home?

I would highly appreciate it if you could find a specific quote from "The Glass Menagerie" that would show Laura's internal charm but any answer will suffice.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 26, 2010 at 9:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Laura is a socially awkward girl who is shy and who lives at home with her mother and brother.  She had a crush on Jim in high school and her brother decides to bring him over (at his mother's urging) to have dinner at their home.  Jim, after dinner, ends up kissing Laura but then reveals to her that he is engaged, which crushes Laura and shatters her emotionally.

Laura certainly does have a certain charm in the way she acts with Jim, who takes advantage of it and uses it to get close to her and to kiss her.  Laura is able to muster courage and converse with him, flatter him.  However, Jim also does not seen to understand that Laura is not playing a game of hard to get and playing innocent...she is really mostly shy.  Jim takes advantage of her former feelings for him.

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