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An essay on the personalities of the main characters the problems they face and how they deal with them Includes two quotes directly from the book and is 1300 words long The Glass Menagerie is a play that takes place in the early 1930s in StLouis There are only four characters involved in the story Amanda Winfield her son Tom Winfield her daughter Laura Winfield and a gentleman caller named Jim OConnor This essay will revolve around the personalities of these four people As well as the problems they face and how they each deal with them Tom Winfield is the narrator of the play as well as the youngest member of the Winfield family in his early twenties He is a nice mellow young man and has almost taken on the responsibility of a father figure at home as he works to support himself as well as his mother and older sister He longs for adventure and his heart lies in writing and poetry not his job at the shoe company He is the type of character the reader feels sorry for He has ambitions but is unable to pursue them because he doesnt want to leave his family Its as though he feels that leaving would mean hes walking in his fathers footsteps a man who deserted the family years before It seems like he has a certain soft spot for his sister Laura and would really like for her to be happy This is apparent in scene four after a fight with their mother that leaves Tom and Amanda not speaking After Laura asks him to apologize to Amanda Tom speak to Mother this morning Make up with her apologize speak to her Laura Scene Four Page 28 he does so as he doesnt want to see her upset Tom has to deal with many difficulties in his life Not only does he feel responsible for his family
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