Who is the main character in The Glass Menagerie?    

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The Glass Menageriea famous play by Tennessee Williams, has four characters within the play. However, Tom Wingfield is arguably the main character of The Glass Menagerie. There is some argument that Amanda or Laura could be the protagonist , but it is clear that Tom Wingfield is...

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The Glass Menageriea famous play by Tennessee Williams, has four characters within the play. However, Tom Wingfield is arguably the main character of The Glass Menagerie. There is some argument that Amanda or Laura could be the protagonist, but it is clear that Tom Wingfield is the main character when viewing the play under a traditional lens. (However, I'll go into why the other two could potentially be the main character.)

Tom is Amanda's son and the brother to Laura. Tom works at a shoe store but is an aspiring poet and secretly despises his family. He wishes to write but often cannot due to his annoyance with his family. He runs away from his family by going to the movies and bars, but there is some suggestion that Tom is a homosexual and going out with men at night. Ultimately, Tom runs away from his family, making a drastic change and solidifying himself as the protagonist. 

Amanda could be considered the protagonist, as she is home most of the time and struggling to raise her children, but she does not have the same dramatic arch as Tom. Also, while Laura is well-written and incredibly sympathetic, she does not have the overarching drive that Tom has within the plot. 

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