The Glass Menagerie

Lesson 9


Students will be able to identify the significance of the shift in Laura’s character during this scene.

Readings and Materials

Target Task


How does Laura develop as a character in this portion of the scene? Explain using evidence from the text.

Key Questions


  • What does Jim's nickname for Tom reveal about his perception of Tom? Is it accurate?

  • What do Amanda's actions reveal about her?

  • What does the loss of electricity reveal about Tom? What does the audience know that Amanda does not? How does the loss of electricity impact the plot?

  • p. 70: What does the phrase "the climax of her secret life" indicate about Laura?

  • What changes the mood of the scene between Jim and Laura? Why is the nickname significant? How does it contribute to the theme? How does this shift in mood impact the plot? The theme?