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The Glass Menagerie | Characters

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Character Description
Tom Amanda's son and Laura's brother, Tom Wingfield is also the play's narrator. He presents events and details from the distance of time and memory, controlling the story and depiction of the characters, including himself. Read More
Amanda Amanda Wingfield is Tom and Laura's loving but compulsively chattering, domineering, and controlling mother who lives unrealistically both in the past and present. Read More
Laura Delicate, painfully shy Laura Wingfield is Amanda's daughter and Tom's sister, completely removed from reality and incapable of functioning in the world. Read More
Jim A nice, ordinary young man, Jim O'Connor is the gentleman caller, Tom's coworker, whom Amanda insists Tom invite to dinner as a marriage prospect for Laura. Read More
Betty Betty is Jim's fiancée.
Emily Meisenbach Emily was Jim's high- school girlfriend, whom Laura mistakes as his current fiancée.
Mr. Mendoza Mr. Mendoza is Tom's boss at the warehouse; he disapproves of Tom's work ethic and writing poetry during work.
Amanda's suitors These young men were among the 17 socially prominent and financially secure gentlemen callers who are said to have visited Amanda one evening during her debutante year; however, Amanda preferred Mr. Wingfield for his charm, according to her frequent retelling of events.
Mr. Wingfield Having abandoned the family 16 years before the start of the play, Mr. Wingfield—Amanda's husband and Laura and Tom's father—has left the family financially strapped and emotionally damaged, for Amanda cannot come to terms with his desertion.
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