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What is the narrator's role in "The Glass Menagerie"?  What would be gained...

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perezj | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 5, 2008 at 9:45 AM via web

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What is the narrator's role in "The Glass Menagerie"?  What would be gained or lost without him?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 5, 2008 at 11:38 AM (Answer #1)

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There simply would be no play without Tom, the narrator, because, not only is he the narrator, he is also a character in the play, and supposedly the author of the it. As narrator, Tom can look both backward and forward and discuss the ramifications of events as they take place. As a character in the play, the audience can sympathize with his plight and see the family dynamics in action. As the supposed writer of the play, we have to realize that the play is told from Tom's memory so, in some cases, that memory may be hazy or unreliable. That leaves it up to the audience to watch the action carefully and to decipher the play's themes.

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