* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Memory and the Past Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #19

The music seems to answer his question, while Tom thinks it over. He searches his pockets. (Scene Six stage directions.)

Williams uses music to emphasize the subjective and memory nature of the play.

Quote #20

"There was a Jim O'Connor we both knew in high school-[then, with effort] If that is the one that Tom is bringing to dinner-you'll have to excuse me, I won't come to the table." (6.30, Laura).

"You remember that wonderful write-up I had in The Torch?"

"Yes!"

"It said I was bound to succeed in anything I went into!" (6.126-6.128, Jim and Laura)

Quote #21

Jim, just like Amanda, spends excessive time discussing both the glory days of his past and his dreams for the future.

Just as Amanda, Laura is so haunted by her own past that it debilitates her living in the present.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement