The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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The Glass Menagerie eNotes Reading Response Prompts

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  • A picture of Tom and Laura’s father hangs in the apartment, even though he had deserted the family years before. Why might Amanda keep a picture of the husband who abandoned her? Do you think life for Amanda and her children would be different if he had not left them? Why or why not?
  • The “gentleman caller” who will appear later in the play is described as “the long delayed but always expected something that we live for.” Do you think most people live their lives waiting for their dreams to come true? Should they? Explain what you think about this passage.
  • Amanda, Tom and Laura’s mother, is a strong personality. What is your opinion of her? Do you like Amanda or not? Discuss how you feel about her.

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These eNotes Reading Response Prompts are designed to encourage your students to read more effectively and with more pleasure by giving them interesting subjects to write about after they have read. Many of the prompts will take them directly into the text, while others will give them an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and to reflect on their own experiences.

A second purpose of the eNotes Reading Response Prompts is to facilitate instruction in ways that work for you in the classroom. The organization of the prompts makes them easy to use, and the content and construction of the prompts are designed to develop students’ knowledge and academic skills.