Allusions help readers to understand background without the author going into detailed explications. They let the reader use their prior knowledge to help them better understand the playwright’s or author’s meaning. In the play “The Glass Menagerie” Tennessee Williams uses allusions to help the reader to understand setting, the characters, and the conflict in the play. To help you better understand the allusions in this play take the following Internet Scavenger Hunt. Search each site carefully to find the answer to the questions. Record your answers in complete sentences on a separate sheet of paper. GUERNICA While this is the name of a famous painting by Picasso in the play it is used to help us understand the social climate behind the setting of the play. Read about Guernica and describe in two to three sentences what was happening in Spain at this time. METROPOLITAN OPERA Amanda tells Tom he has “temperament like a Metropolitan star!” Based on what you read about the Metropolitan Opera predict how Amanda sees Tom’s behavior. MIDAS TOUCH If someone has the Midas touch what could be said about everything they touch. WALL STREET Read paragraphs five, six and seven. Use this information to infer the lifestyle a successful person who worked on Wall Street lead before 1929. D. A. R. When Amanda talks about being part of the DAR what does this tell us about her ancestor’s background. Lady Chatterley's Lover Books are sometimes banned for the subjects they discuss. Read about Lady Chatterley’s Lover and explain why it was considered a risqué book in the 1930’s. HOGAN GANG What modern day organization could you compare the Hogan Gang to? http://imdb.com/name/nm0001256/ What did Greta Garbo do that made her so famous? MILK FUND During the time that the “Glass Menagerie” takes place the Milk Fund raised money by passing the hat at public events. How does the Milk Fund raise money today? SPARTA If someone is said to have a Spartan endurance what could you say about the way they act? JOLLY ROGER What does the Jolly Roger represent when flown on a ship? MERCHANT MARINE Describe the job of a Merchant Marine. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN Where did Chamberlain govern? What is his position in the government? UNICORNS Describe a Unicorn in detail. What makes him different from other animals? COTILLION As a young lady Amanda attended Cotillion. Look at this website and list some of the things Amanda may have done or learned at Cotillion. CAKEWALK This is one of the things Amanda did when she attended Cotillion. Describe in detail what a Cakewalk is. DIZZY DEAN In the 1930’s you would have found Dizzy Dean on the sports pages of the Saint Louis newspaper. What did he do that made him a standout on the sports page? CLARK GABLE Who was Clark Gable? THE ANNUNCIATION What happened during the Annunciation? WRIGLEY BUILDING/FAMILY What does the produce does the Wrigley family sell that helped them finance the cost of their building?