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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Analysis: What’s Up With the Epigraph?

Epigraphs are like little appetizers to the great entrée of a story. They illuminate important aspects of the story, and they get us headed in the right direction.

"Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands."
– e. e. cummings

The epigraph comes from an e.e. cummings poem, "somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond." What’s up with it? Well, small hands sounds like delicate, feminine…sounds like fragile, sounds like…glass! And Laura.

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