Students will be able to explain how the author develops the thematic topics of reality and responsibility in scenes 3 and 4.
Play: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams pp. 26 – 37 — Scene 4
Choose one of the two major thematic topics of the play and explain how the author develops this thematic topic in scenes 3 and 4. Use evidence from the text to explain your view of the author's message about this topic.
What is Amanda doing at the beginning of this scene? What does this reveal about her character? The conflict of the play?
How does the playwright develop the theme of escape from reality in scene 4? (Pay attention to Tom, the father, conflict with Amanda, movies, etc.) And the theme of responsibility?
What message does the playwright seem to be sending about these two themes? How are his answers to the thematic questions similar to/different from your own from day one?
What is Tom's dream/desire? How does it compare with his reality?
What is the impact of the repetition of the word "fiasco" at the end of scene 4?