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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie


by Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie Gender Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a big long monologue.

Quote #1

"Resume your seat, little sister – I want you to stay fresh and pretty – for gentlemen callers!" (1.14, Amanda).

Amanda believes in the importance of a woman’s appearance.

Quote #2

"One Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain – your mother received – seventeen! – gentlemen callers! Why, sometimes there weren’t enough chairs to accommodate them all. We had to send the nigger over to bring in folding chairs from the parish house." (1.21, Amanda).

Amanda judges a woman’s worth by how much attention she receives from men.

Quote #3

Image on screen, Amanda as a girl on a porch, greeting callers. (Stage directions, Scene One).

Amanda’s character is largely defined by her former attractiveness to men.

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