The Glass Menagerie

Vocab words pulled from Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie. This list accompanies my article in Teachers at Work: Tennessee's Finest: http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/teachersatwork/1800/
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  1. allusion
    passing reference or indirect mention
  2. annunciation
    a formal public statement
  3. atmosphere
    the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body
  4. beseech
    ask for or request earnestly
  5. brassiere
    an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts
  6. brood
    hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
  7. characterization
    the act of describing essential features
  8. charm
    attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates
  9. climax
    the highest point of anything
  10. confiscate
    take temporary possession of a security by legal authority
  11. deception
    a misleading falsehood
  12. discreet
    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
  13. disposition
    your usual mood
  14. fiasco
    a complete failure or collapse
  15. flounce
    walk in an emphatic or exaggerated way
  16. fluidity
    the property of flowing easily
  17. gay
    someone who practices homosexuality
  18. gesture
    motion of hands or body to emphasize a thought or feeling
  19. gingerly
    in a manner marked by extreme care or delicacy
  20. grotesque
    distorted and unnatural in shape or size
  21. hideous
    grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
  22. jalopy
    a car that is old and unreliable
  23. jonquil
    widely cultivated ornamental plant native to southern Europe but naturalized elsewhere having fragrant yellow or white clustered flowers
  24. kitchenette
    small kitchen
  25. marine
    of or relating to the sea
  26. martyr
    one who voluntarily suffers death
  27. mastication
    biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
  28. menagerie
    a collection of live animals for study or display
  29. narrator
    someone who tells a story
  30. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
  31. operetta
    a short amusing opera
  32. paranoia
    a mental disorder characterized by delusions of persecution
  33. Pleurotus
    agarics with white spores and caps having an eccentric stem
  34. portiere
    a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
  35. quarrel
    an angry dispute
  36. remorseless
    without mercy or pity
  37. restless
    lacking physical or mental ease
  38. shank
    the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
  39. supercilious
    having or showing arrogant superiority to
  40. symbol
    something visible that represents something invisible
  41. transparent
    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  42. vestige
    an indication that something has been present
  43. Victrola
    a brand of gramophone
  44. vitality
    the property of being able to survive and grow

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