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A compelling character within a story not only displays unique personality traits but can do many things which include but are not limited to grabbing the readers attention affecting their surroundings and even tell a story Toms role in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is a character that helps narrate the story and as a character who acts within those memories and highlights the plays conflict between truth and memorys distortion of truth Although The Glass Menagerie is considered to be a non-realistic play there is a definite reality in Toms recap of his memory with his consciousness Unlike the other characters Tom sometimes addresses the audience directly providing a separate explanation and opinion of what has been happening onstage This style of storytelling would remind most readers of a detective story Tom also demonstrates real and sometimes immature emotions as he takes part in the plays action like over exaggerating when being accused of going to the movies too often This duo character can confuse our understanding of Tom as it is hard to decide whether he is a character whose opinion should be trusted or one who allows his emotions to affect his judgment As a single character Tom is full of contradiction On the one hand he reads literature writes poetry and dreams of escape and adventure On the other hand he seems forever bound to the mundane petty world of the Wingfield family We know that he reads D H Lawrence and follows political developments in Europe but the content of his intellectual life are hard to decipher We have no idea of Toms opinion on Lawrence nor do we have any indication of what Toms poetry is about All we know is what he thinks about his mother his sister and his warehouse job Those are precisely the things which he claims he wants to escape from Toms attitude toward Amanda and Laura Wingfield has puzzled me as a
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