The Glass Menagerie

Lesson 12


Students will be able to explain how the author develops the theme of freedom vs. responsibility in this passage.

Readings and Materials

Target Task


Choose one of the two major thematic topics of the play and explain how the author develops this thematic topic in one or more of the scenes.


  • Characterization
  • Symbols/Motifs
  • Production/Stage Direction
  • Historical Allusion

Device of your choice



Students will have two days to read a passage, brainstorm, and write an essay. The teacher may choose to amend the prompt to have the students compare and contrast Chopin and Williams's developments of similar themes.