Writing Prompts

The fragile character

Tennessee William's "The Glass Menagerie." Courtesy American Repertory Theater/Michael J. Lutch

Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura Wingfield, Brian J. Smith as Jim, the Gentleman Caller from Tennessee William’s “The Glass Menagerie.” Courtesy American Repertory Theater/Michael J. Lutch

“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.” –Tennessee Williams

Create a story inspired by this quote. Develop an emotionally vulnerable character who becomes stronger throughout the story’s action. Show how this character connects (or doesn’t connect) with others. How does the character become stronger in the midst of narrative complications?


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