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Comparative Literature 215.W, Spring 2020 – Prof. Caroline Rupprecht Second Paper Assignment* Choose one (1) of the following for your 3-page paper about The Glass Menagerie : Topic 1: Glass Why is the title of the play “The Glass Menagerie”? What is the meaning of “glass” in this play? –Think of Laura, the fragile and beautiful character who suffers from mental illness. Think of her glass animals, to which she relates as if they were alive. Why is this depiction of Laura, as someone who has a disability and is unable to live alone, important? What do you think the author wanted to tell us about the way society looks at illness, especially mental illness? (Remember that in the fifties, when this play was written, homosexuals were looked at as “mentally ill” – and that the playwright, Tennessee Williams, was homosexual.) Be sure to focus on specific scenes and/or lines in the text to provide evidence in

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