Character Analysis: The Glass Menagerie

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American Idol, a television series where Americans participate in a singing competition, which has been produced for almost sixteen years. People from all around the country audition for and eventually the judges narrow the contestants down to the top twenty four supreme singers. Finally, only two singers remain, both showing impeccable singing talents, where the audience is faced with a difficult decision of who they want to win. Just as the audience is faced with the decision to choose a winner, in Tennessee William’s play, The Glass Menagerie, the three central characters all exhibit elaborate characteristics, making each one of them eligible for the protagonist role. Laura Wingfield, the youngest of the family and influence for the name …show more content…
In a divergent way, Tom Wingfield, Laura’s brother, is also a contender for the leading character because of his strong, idiosyncratic narration and through his thoughts and emotions displayed for the readers. Laura and Tom’s mother, Amanda Wingfield, illustrates her incessant involvement in familial conflicts, thus meeting the requirements as the central character in the play. Given these plausible rationales, all three characters contain complex qualities which enable them to become probable candidates for the role of the play’s protagonist. As a contestant for the main character, Laura Wingfield connects to the play’s title and symbols as well as displays extraordinary characteristics. William’s chooses to relate Laura with the title, The Glass Menagerie, through the symbolism of her glass unicorn, which signifies Laura’s differences from other girls in society. In more detail, the glass unicorn shows its significance when its horn breaks off …show more content…
Like any leading character, Laura’s dynamic characteristic demonstrates her ability to break the barrier of seclusion and gain the confidence in herself. Aside from the transition of isolation to a poise manner, Laura Wingfield pursues the position of the protagonist, through her relation with one of the most significant symbols, the glass menagerie, in which Williams names the book. Through his introduction as narrator in the beginning of the play, Tom Wingfield “takes whatever license with dramatic convention” that comes with the play, making his consideration as the central character evident (4). Without Tom’s narration of his emotions and thoughts, the readers would not have been able to comprehend the deeper meaning and truths behind the play. Also in the running for the leading role, Amanda steals the spotlight with her constant involvement in the conflict and sympathy that she receives from the readers. Amanda continues to live in the past; pushing Laura to live the life that she wasn’t able to experience, through happiness and success. Despite the fact that an official conclusion of the protagonist can be disputed, Laura Wingfield clearly depicts the perfect main character through her significant impact amongst the other characters. Through the individuality of her character, she drives the actions of Tom

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