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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Gender Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #4

"They knew how to entertain their gentlemen callers. It wasn’t enough for a girl to be possessed of a pretty face and a graceful figure – although I wasn’t slighted in either respect. She also needed to have a nimble wit and a tongue to meet all occasions." (1.27, Amanda).

Amanda assigns certain responsibilities to her daughter and her son, according to their genders.

Quote #5

"No, dear, you go in front and study your typewriter chart. Or practice your shorthand a little. Stay fresh and pretty! - It's almost time for our gentlemen callers to start arriving. [She flounces girlishly toward the kitchenette] How many do you suppose we're going to entertain this afternoon?" (1.35, Amanda).

Amanda’s repeated instructions to ‘stay fresh and pretty’ underscore the value she places on attractiveness for women.

Quote #6

"Mother’s afraid I’m going to be an old maid." (1.38, Laura).

Laura recognizes clearly the gender roles she is expected to fill, and her mother’s fears that she may fail to do so.

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