Why do we agree that Tom is the main character in the story The Glass Managerie?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We agree that Tom is the main character in The Glass Menagerie because he is the only dynamic character in a family of static personalities which remain stuck in the past.

Tom seems to be the anchor of the house. Both his mother and his sister depend entirely on his presence. It is he who introduces Jim to the household, which is almost a metaphor for the way Tom represents every hope of normalcy in the family.  As Jim left, so did Tom shortly after, and this is also a symbol of the family hopes also going away.

mkcapen1 | Student

Tom is the main character in the play "The Glass Menagerie because he opens the play with dialog and is the central figure in the events that follow. He is the one who has to sit back and allow the other characters to bounce off their stories, imperfections, and illusions.  He is also the one who brings home the fellow whom his mother immediately sets up to become a suitor for Laura.  It is through Tom's filtered memory that the audience and reader see the events that unfold.  Tom is hopelessly caught in the dynamics of the family.  It is only in the end that he escapes, but even then he can not get his sister out of his head.

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