"The Glass Menagerie" by Tenessee Williams Pages 84-85

"The Glass Menagerie" by Tenessee Williams Pages 84-85
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I chose this scene because this small scene gives a glimpse that it is possible to live a normal life and not let her thoughts control over everything in her life. Normally, Laura wouldn't dare dance especially with the boy used to have a crush on. While at first, she didn't want to dance, eventually Jim was able to convince her to dance, and she was able to get out of her mind and have an enjoyable time. This scene establishes with a little pushing, Laura can find love, she just needs the right person who is patient, cherishes her for who she is, and pushes her to go outside of her comfort zone. Moreover, this scene demonstrates a rare time in the book, where Laura is genuinely jovial with Jim, showing hints that they could make a nice couple. It was extremely disheartening to hear he was engaged to another girl, making this scene a what if between the two characters, showing it is possible they could date. It was like the calm before the storm, the storm being him revealing he was engaged. In a way, I relate to Laura because it is challenging for me to get out of my own head and let it dictate my whole life, making me desire the best for Laura and when she finally went out of her comfort zone and danced with Jim, it made me cheerful. She deserves an exuberant life and for a little bit she got that with Jim, causing me to choose this wonderful scene.

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  • 3) There you go, that inferiority stuff! 
  • 1) Ahhh, a waltz!
  • 4) I've never danced in my life!
  • 2) I-can't dance!
  • 3) I'm not made out of glass.
  • 1) Come on, try!
  • 4) How-how-how do we start?
  • 2) Oh, but I'd step on you!
  • 3) A little bit higher. Right. Now don't tighten up, that's the main thing about it-relax. 
  • 1)Just leave it to me. You hold your arms a little.
  • 5)Okay.
  • 2) Like this?
  • 4) It's hard not to.
  • 6) I'm afraid you can't budge me. 
  • 3) Let yourself go, now, Laura, just let yourself go.
  • 1) What do you bet I can't?
  • 5) Come on!
  • 6) -trying!
  • 4) I'm-
  • 2) Goodness, yes, you can!
  • 3) Loosen th' backbone! There now, that's a lot better.
  • 1) Not so stiff-easy does it!
  • 2) I know but I'm-
  • 4) Ha-ha!
  • 2) Lots, lots better!
  • 6) Ha-ha-ha!
  • 5) Oh, my goodness!
  • 3) Oh, my!
  • 1) Am I?
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