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Tom Wingfield as the Most Important Character In the Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie, Tom Wingfield is cast as the main character. The play is about Tom trying to escape his home which he sees as a trap. Tom is the most important character for several reasons. First of all, he is the narrator of the play and it stems from his memories. Secondly, he is the most important person in the family; if he leaves, then there is no one to provide for his mother and sister--Amanda and Laura. Finally, I believe that Tennessee Williams was trying to portray Tom as a symbol of the Americans who wanted to leave isolationism behind and move into a new world. The play is shown to the viewer through memories, and it is Tom's memory that it is seen through; therefore, Tom is essential to the play's telling. The play is filled with snippets of bright and dim memories symbolized by the lighting in the play. One has no way of knowing whether any of these things Tom shows us is true because he has total power over what we see. Williams shares Tom's importance when he says, "The narrator is an undisguised convention of the play. He takes whatever license with dramatic convention as is convenient to his purposes" (Production Notes Scene 1 P. 1707). This shows Toms strength in the family and the play in general; he is in control the whole time even when he feels that he is not. This makes him, by far, the most important character in the play. Tom is the principal breadwinner for the family; obviously, if he were not around, the women would definitely suffer. Once again, Tom is proven necessary when Jim, the gentleman caller, is invited over for dinner and the lights go out because Tom has spent the money for the electric bill on his dues to the merchant marines. Amanda even knows that Tom is essential to the family's survival. In fact, Amanda comes right out and says,...

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