Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tennessee Williams Seminar

The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire

The Glass Menagerie
Read Scenes 1-4; 5-7
-focus on Expressionism and setting
-what is a “memory play”
-example of tableaux, define menagerie
-associations of glass


Characterization:
-The Mother
-Her Son
-Her Daughter
-The Gentleman Caller

Symbols/Imagery
-the glass menagerie: the unicorn
-the phonograph records
-the fire escape


A Streetcar Named Desire
Read Scenes 1-7; 6-11
-focus on New Orleans background
-old south versus new south
-setting”blues piano;”: colors, ethnicities

Allusions-->names, poker: seven card stud, Rosenkavalier, Varsouviana,  Barnum and Bailey, amusement parks

Characterization
-Stanley Kowalski
-Stella Kowalski
-Blanche DuBois

Symbols/Imagery
-names, colors, setting,music
-language associated with the jungle
-clothes
-the poker game
-lights, the lantern
-the locomotive
-Blanche’s baths





Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekly Agenda 5.5-5.9

AP Exam This FRIDAY!
Make sure you know what to bring and where to go ahead of time.

MONDAY
Timed Writing
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Assign A Streetcar Named Desire/The Glass Menagerie: Please return any book you have borrowed from me this year.

Read the entire play for next Monday.

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY
Review Practice AP Exam

THURSDAY and FRIDAY
Life and Times of  Tennessee Williams

Student Presentations

HW Read the entire play for this MONDAY; hair check next week for the entire play!