The Power of Memory in “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams

Analyze the power of memory in “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.

In the Production Notes, Tennessee Williams says that “The Glass Menagerie” is a ”memory play,” and in Scene One, Tom explains more fully that the play is told from memory. From what you have read of the play thus far, what role does memory play? How does memory affect Tom and Amanda? Do you think Tom’s and Amanda’s memories are accurate? Why or why not? How does memory affect your own life? Is your memory reliable? What power should it have over the present?