The Glass Menagerie Characters
Let us know the major characters of the play “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams:
Tom is the narrator of the play “The Glass Menagerie” and the action is portrayed by the memory of Tom. He is the son of Amanda and the brother of Laura. He loves his mother and sister so much but he is the victim of his own fate. He is a poet by nature and being attracted by adventures and romance. The job at the warehouse bothers him so much. In order to get relief from his frustration, he escapes from his current situation in life and goes to the movies night after night.
We find him leaving his family at the end of the play. But he cannot forget Laura wherever he goes. He reminds the audience, he regrets the fact that leaving his family without getting married between Laura and Jim. It’s true that Tom leaves his mother and sister but fails to forget his memories.
Laura is a significant character in the play. She is the daughter of Amanda and sister of Tom. She is an extremely shy woman. She feels shy to unveil herself in the outer world only because one leg is slightly shorter than the other. This disability makes her walking with the help of a leg brace. She spends most of her time playing with the collection of glass figurines and listening to old records.
Jim gives her nickname “Blue Roses” which suggests both her unprecedented beauty and her isolation. When Jim confronts Laura at Amanda’s apartment, he breaks her favorite unicorn and symbolically breaks her heart.
Amanda is the mother of Tom and Laura. She recollects her evergreen and precious memories. She was a southern belle and was attracted by many gentlemen callers. Among the gentlemen callers, she was able to win the heart of Mr. Wingfiled. Now everything is past and she is living in a tiny apartment in St. Louis with her son and daughter.
Though she is a passionate mother, her over-expectations make Laura’s life intolerable. Laura’s failure to attract any gentleman caller makes her so frustrated. In order to relieve her frustration, she enrolls Laura in Business school. But Laura cannot get any positive outcome because of her shyness and disabilities. She does everything for Laura to find a suitable gentleman caller for her but she fails to attract any gentleman caller. It’s true that Amanda is tensed about her children, after all, she is a comic and charming figure throughout the play.
Jim is the gentleman caller for Laura. He was attracted by Laura in high school. He is a handsome and charming young boy. In his high school days, Jim was a famous athlete. Now he is working as a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse with Tom. In contrast to the other characters in the play, Jim belongs to a different personality. He is enough loyal to his work and he does not want to escape from the real world, unlike Tom.
When Tom invites Jim to Amanda’s apartment for dinner, he is aware that Laura knew Jim in high school but he is totally unaware that Laura had a lot of affection for Jim. Ultimately Jim makes everyone frustrated by acknowledging he has to exit Amanda’s apartment in order to return to his fiancee.
Mr. Wingfield is a minor character in the play “The Glass Menagerie” who never appears on stage. He is Amanda’s husband and father of Tom and Laura. He worked in a telephone company and abandoned his family sixteen years before the action of the play begins. He was totally an irresponsible person for his family. That’s why Amanda is bound to take total responsibility for her son and daughter. So we can consider Mr. Wingfield as a symbol of exemption and romance because of his detachment from his family.