The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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Topics for Further Study

(Drama for Students)

Although The Glass Menagerie is set in the 1930s, many critics describe it as timeless. Describe the historical changes you would have to make if you were to set the play today.

Research the financial situation of single mothers today and compare their options to those of Amanda.

Examine the catalogs of several business or technical schools in your area and compare their curricula to the apparent curriculum of Rubicam's Business College, where Laura has been attending typing classes.

Interview someone in your school who has worked on the production of a play. Focus your questions especially on the technical aspects of stage craft so that you can discover how the screens, lighting, etc. would work in The Glass Menagerie.