Day 1

The Glass Menagerie Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    Are there aspects of The Glass Menagerie that seem to mark it as a literary piece to be read, rather than only performed? What elements of the text seem specifically geared to engagement with it as a printed and read work?

    Williams's production notes seem to be written as much for those hoping to stage the play as it is for readers engaging with it predominantly on the page. Students can reflect on their own status as readers who, in the classroom, often deal with plays primarily as works to be read rather than performed. Williams explicitly makes reference to readers in the section on "The Screen Device," which did not appear at all in the original Broadway production, but...

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