The Glass Menagerie Characters

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Amanda Wingfield

Amanda is the mother of Tom and Laura. She has difficulty facing reality, though by the end of the play she does acknowledge Tom's desire to leave and Laura's uncertain future. She frequently fantacizes about the past, probably exaggerating her own popularity Ihen. Her relationship with Tom is conflicted, most prominently when she criticizes his minor habits.

Tom Wingfield

Amanda's son and Laura's brother, Tom is the protagonist of the play. He dreams of abandoning (he family, as his father had done. He feels trapped in his job, where he often neglects his duties in order to write poetry, and in his home, where he is reprimanded for reading some modern literature which was considered scandalous at me time. Although he claims to go to the movies every night, he also probably goes to a bar, since he sometimes comes home drunk...

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