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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

A gentleman caller is needed; Laura is shy; Tom wants to leave the family.

Act II

A gentleman caller comes; Laura stops being shy; Tom hints he is about to leave the family.

Act III

The gentleman caller is engaged to be married and leaves; Laura retreats back to shyness; Tom abandons his family.

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