Discuss the character of Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

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I go to the movies—I like adventure.  Adventure is something that I don’t have much of at work.

Tom Wingfield is the narrator and also a character in the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The entire play is a flashback; however, the author and Tom call it a memory scene.  This is Tom’s memory of leaving his mother and sister to their own devices. 

Everything is seen through the eyes of the narrator.  Through his guilt, a much older Tom looks back at why he left home and never came back.  Trapped—Tom felt that he had taken on the responsibility that his father left when he ran away. Although the play eventually centers on Laura, this is Tom’s drama.  It is his memory. Point of view becomes very important in the play because it is Tom’s version of what happened

The reader learns that Tom has been haunted by his decision to leave his family and go out in search of adventure.  He guides the readers and sets the tone of guilt, anxiety, and empathy that runs...

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