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  1. Explore William's use of dramatic literary techniques in these scenes. Include analysis of the effect of the use of stage directions, images/Legends, use of music, off stage action and overlapping dialogue.
  2. Comment upon how the two opening monologues of Scene 3 explore/develop the themes of: duty/obligations/expectations and the reinforcement of gender roles.
  3. Explain how Williams draws this scene to a climactic conclusion. Comment upon use of language, structure (inc punctuation), use of hyperbole and development of tension.
  4. Explore how the audience's understanding of Tom is developed throughout these scenes.
  5. Begin plotting the development of the significance of the glass menagerie itself. Explore how Williams uses this symbol to highlight both Laura's vulnerability and the fragility of the Wingfield family unit.

Scene 4 and 5

  1. Note down the instances relating to the crossing and use of the Fire Escape up until this point. It is enough to simply look write a quick sentence and a page number.
  2. Explain the reference to the "Annunciation" (p.38) in the opening of Sc 5.
  3. Explore the significance of "All the world was waiting for bombardments" (p.39) on both a personal level (for Tom) and on a universal level.
  4. How does Williams control the pace of the scene? Identify the moments of change in pace, including the catalyst for the change.
  5. We see Amanda, "her voice trembling and her eyes suddenly filling with tears" (p.49) at the conclusion of Sc 5. What impression does the audience have of Amanda at this point and how do we rationalise her state at this moment?

Scene 6 and 7

  1. Add to your exploration of dramatic literary techniques (Sc 2 & 3 Q.1) by looking at the use of light - both symbolically and as a tool of 'illumination'; non-present characters and symbolic use of the set/props - especially in relation to the victrola, the glass collection and the fire escape.
  2. How does Williams explore the notion of the 'building of a facade' as a social construct? Find examples.
  3. Make notes and find specific evidence from the text on how Williams develops/treats the following themes:
  • Difficulty in accepting reality
  • The impossibility of true escape
  • The dysfunctional family unit
  • People outcast for not conforming to the norm