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Accelerated English 10
The Glass Menagerie – Style and Analysis

Now that you have finished the play, you know that Tom left the family. The way in which he leaves is not
included in the action of the play; that is, Tom talks about his departure from the family as Tom the narrator,
not as Tom the character. The last of the play’s dialogue is yet another argument between Tom and
Amanda. Immediately after that, Tom continues his narration with the line, “I didn't go to the moon, I went
much further - for time is the longest distance between places” (page). We never truly get a definitive answer
as to why Tom left; he does not say.
TOM: I'm going to the movies.
Your task is this: Write a letter from Tom to Amanda and Laura explaining why you left. You will assume the
point of view of Tom; therefore, your letter will be written in first person (‘Dear Mother and Laura, I have
something to say to you both’). Your letter should be written in a style that reflects the style of Tom you
have come to know through reading this play for the last three weeks.




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