He acts a double role first as a character whose reminiscences the play credentials and secondly as a character who operates within those reminiscences (Williams 12). He underlines the play’s anxiety between neutrally obtainable thespian reality and memory’s warp of legitimacy (Williams 12). Unlike other characters every now and then Tom addresses the audience frankly, in the quest to offer a more detached elucidation and appraisal of what has been an occurrence live (Williams 15).
If there is an autograph character sort that marks Tennessee William’s theatrical exertion, it is irrefutably that of the pale Southern belle (Williams 13). Amanda is a clear envoy of this type (Williams 13). Amanda is the play’s mainly overenthusiastic and pretentious character, and one of up to date American drama’s thus most in demand in female roles (Williams 14). Amanda reveals compliance to sacrifice for her treasured ones that are in many conduct beyond compare in the play (Williams 15). She subjects herself to the mortifying toil of subscription auctions sequentially to improve Lauras’ marriage scenario, without ever saying so much as an utterance of grievance (Williams 16).
The physically and psychologically crippled Laura is the lone person in the play, she does nothing to hurt any person (Williams 14). Despite the influence of her own tribulations, she exhibits a pure sympathy as with the snuffle she drops over Toms’ sorrow, depicted by Amanda in Scene Four that situates in bleak disparity to the self-interest and resentful forgoes that typify the Wingfield family (Williams 16). Laura also has the least lines in the play, which adds to her sensation of altruism (Williams 17).
He is Amanda’s husband and Laura and Toms’ father (Williams 5). Mr. Wingfield was a good-looking man whose occupation was in a telephone corporation (Williams 5). He deserted his kin years before the exploit of the play, and he never come into sight live (Williams 6). His portrait, however, is outstandingly exhibited in the Wingfields’ lounge (Williams 7).
Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. London: New Directions Publishing, 1999. Print.