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The Glass Menagerie

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1) How does the glass menagerie become an obsessive preoccupation in this story? How does the introduction of the glass collection slowly change and shift? How does its meaning change or evolve as the central symbol in the story? What are some major stages?

2) What is the symbolic contrast between the glass menagerie and the Tom's actions? Laura's actions? Why does Laura give the broken glass unicorn to her gentleman caller? What statement is she making?

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Part I

1). As you examine how does the glass menagerie become an obsessive preoccupation in this story, please note that Laura seems to find emotional comfort in "fixing" and collecting these figurines. It also seems like the figures fulfill a social and emotional void for her, almost like a family. She also is so compassionate: by "fixing" broken glass, she fulfills a nurturing, solving role in life and within the family.

As you discuss how does the introduction of the glass collection slowly change and shift and how does its meaning change or evolve as the central symbol in the story, you might also note some of ...

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The Glass Menagerie is the focal topic.

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