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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by

Tennessee Williams

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

D.H. Lawrence (Scene Three, dialogue line 16)
Shakespeare: Tom’s nickname is Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Scene Seven, dialogue 296)
e.e. cummings: "somewhere i have never traveled" (epigraph), "The Hours Rise Up Putting Off Stars And It Is" (Scene Six, stage directions)

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