The Glass Menagerie

Lesson 10

Objective

Students will be able to analyze the author’s use of the symbol of the unicorn to develop Laura’s character and the theme.

Readings and Materials

Target Task

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Question 1

What does the nickname “Blue Roses” reinforce about Laura?

A.

Her isolation, as well as her disability

B.

Her unique beauty, as well as her fragility

C.

Her sadness, as well as her pessimism

D.

Her heartbreak, as well as her hope

Question 2

How does the author use the symbol of the unicorn to develop Laura’s character in this portion of scene 7? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

Key Questions

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  • p. 79: What is the significance of Laura picking up a piece of her menagerie? Why does she do it?

  • p. 81: What does Jim mean by "inferiority complex"? How does his opinion of her differ from her own opinion of herself? How does this develop theme?

  • How does Laura describe the unicorn?

  • What is her reaction when the unicorn breaks? What does this imply?

  • How does this scene develop the author's message about reality?