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A Streetcar Named Desire: The Repression of Women in the 20th Century - A Streetcar Named Desire: The Repression of Women in the 20th Century. Feminist critics, are people who agree to the idea that gender differences are culturally determined, and not born with it, interpret literature as a record of male dominance; particularly the repression by men. The play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams shows the attitudes of men who impose their will on women and try to convince them of their inferiority. the way they interact with women, discuss them, look at them, talk to them, use and abuse them....   [tags: gender, stereotypes, abuse]
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Degeneration of Women in The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire - Degeneration of Women in The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire The men they are influenced by and, often, married to, and the circumstances in which they live and work dictate the women’s characters and personalities. In ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, Daisy and Blanche suffer degeneration in terms of their mentality and their morals due to the behaviour and actions of the men in their lives. The male characters act as catalysts in implementing this change, as they alter the lives of others yet are not themselves changed....   [tags: Great Gatsby Streetcar Desire Essays] 2993 words
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Women in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Women in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman The part of Stella and Linda are both archetypal female figures in that they follow the typical fictional role of the submissive wife and mother. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Stella DuBois (renamed Mrs. Stanley Kowalski) supports and forgives her husband, defending him against any criticism. Likewise, in Death of a Salesman, Linda - the only female character with any import - is a meek, timid figure around her husband....   [tags: Tennessee William Arthur Miller Women Essays] 953 words
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Essay on Portrayal of Women in The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire - Portrayal of Women in The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire       The plays of Tennessee Williams are often controversial because of his preoccupation with sex and violence. Basic female character types often reappear throughout each of his plays. The women featured in the plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire all suffer from physical or emotional mutilation and seek fulfillment from a man.               An influential factor in Tennessee Williams's writing was his own personal experience....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Conflict Between Stanley & Blanche In A Streetcar Named Desire - “A Streetcar Named Desire works as a drama because of the conflicts between Stanley and Blanche.” Discuss. The themes of A streetcar Named Desire are mainly built on conflict, the conflicts between men and women, the conflicts of race, class and attitude to life, and these are especially embodied in Stanley and Blanche. Even in Blanche’s own mind there are conflicts of truth and lies, reality and illusion, and by the end of the play, most of these conflicts have been resolved. At the beginning of the play, there is an equilibrium, Stanley and Stella have been living happily together in Elysian Fields, however the arrival of Blanche acts as a catalyst and immediately she begins to challen...   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 834 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire - Though the “primitive,” rituals described in Schechner’s article diverge from the realism found in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, the same “reactualization” process exists in his work. Williams’ Streetcar focuses on the “mock battle” or complete contest between the generational cultures symbolized by Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski’s characters. Blanche, representative of the fallen southern aristocracy, searches for sensitivity and kindness in the new world of Stanley Kowalski, the modern labor class....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1288 words
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Exposing the Truth in A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is a play that needs no introduction. This complex piece of drama is most readily associated with Marlon Brando’s iconic portrayal of Stanley Kowalski’s lamenting cry in the streets of New Orleans. Stanley screams STELL-LAHHHHH!, and his “heavenly-splitting violent” cry only emphasizes the voicelessness of the female characters (Williams 2322). Despite Blanche’s ability to hold her own in verbal sparring matches or Stella’s lively demeanor, both women are oppressively held under the thumbs of various men....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Males tend to have love-Hate relationship in Tennessee Williams’ and William Shakespeare’s plays. Stanley from A Street Car Named Desire was a gruff, hardworking blue collar man, who has been living the married life for a decent amount of time to his wife Stella. Othello on the other hand was a man that was a highly ranked in the military, and seen as a highly respected man; Until Othello smothered his newly married wife Desdemona to death. Both of these men may have been from different time periods but they are the same when it comes to their attitudes towards leadership, treatment of women, and their way to confirm assumptions....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Ethical Lessons in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is a play about a woman named Blanche Dubois who is in misplaced circumstances. Her life is lived through fantasies, the remembrance of her lost husband and the resentment that she feels for her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Various moral and ethical lessons arise in this play such as: Lying ultimately gets you nowhere, Abuse is never good, Treat people how you want to be treated, Stay true to yourself and Don’t judge a book by its cover. A very important moral lesson that I gained from A Streetcar Named Desire is to always tell the truth....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Death in A Streetcar Named Desire - Death in A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams uses the theme of death continually in the play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ through the use of dramatic imagery and literal references. The characters of Blanche and Mitch are used the most frequently to express Williams’ own obsession with death. Though neither of the characters actually obsesses about death, Blanche’s life has been smothered by the deaths of those she loves and the coming death of Mitch’s mother is an obvious motivation for his actions....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Themes Essays] 1094 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire In what way can A Streetcar Named Desire be seen as an exploration of”old” America versus the “new” America. In the play, Blanche represents old America and Stanley represents new America. Why Blanche represents old America is because of her way of thinking, lifestyle and values. When Blanche walks into the room where the guys are playing poker, there is a great example of how Blanche represents old and Stanley new. When she walks in, the guys are sitting around the table, then Blanche says “Please don’t get up”....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1718 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - It is the complexity of the main characters and their interactions that make A Streetcar Named Desire such a successful and challenging play. The play A Streetcar Named Desire made playwright Tennessee William's name and has deservedly since had over half a century of success. This remarkable success can be credited to the intricate characters and their interactions with each other. Sisters, Stella and Blanche have had an enjoyable upbringing on the family plantation, "Belle Reve". As the name suggests Stella and Blanche's time at "Belle Reve" was near perfect....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 746 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - “All the characters in “A Streetcar Named Desire” are to some extent living an unreal existence”. Agree or disagree with this statement about the characters and be sure to use quotes to support your comments. Not all the characters in “A Streetcar Named Desire” are living an unreal existence, however some are, in particular Blanche, Stella and Stanley. Blanch to some extent is living in her own fantasy world plagued with delusions and outbursts. It is quite obvious that she is living an illusion....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1106 words
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Feminist Bashing of Tennessee Williams and A Streetcar Named Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire and the Gay Roots of Feminist Straight Bashing      Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire is widely considered the highest achievement of 20th Century American theatre. Stanley Kowalski is a symbol of the heterosexual male. Significantly this male icon is portrayed as a rapist. In 1947, Tennessee Williams (through Blanche DuBois) also describes Stanley as "sub human," a term that would inspire outrage if it had been used against Jews, blacks, women or gays. The play is a good example of how Williams, a homosexual, contributed to the "modern malaise" by undermining the legitimacy of heterosexual males, females and the family....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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The Use of Language in A Streetcar Named Desire - The Use of Language in A Streetcar Named Desire Analyse how Tennessee Williams uses language and dramatic techniques to explore attitudes to identity in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Make close reference Analyse how Tennessee Williams uses language and dramatic techniques to explore attitudes to identity in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Make close reference to an extract in the play. Go on to show your understanding of the significance of attitudes to identity in the play as a whole. Williams’ play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ has a full variety of attitudes to identity which are demonstrated through the various characters....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Language Essays] 1656 words
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Sympathy for Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire - Sympathy for Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire Can we view Stanley sympathetically in scene 3. However to be able to view Stanley sympathetically we need to understand his emotion and mentality, before we make a full judgment on him. I personally feel Stanley is a harsh character but I also believe he is pushed into doing such actions and I cannot help feel that if Blanche had not visited none of this would have happened. In this particular scene I do sympathise with Stanley and I will go into greater detail to explain why I commiserate with his character....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Essays] 1627 words
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Characters and Staging of A Streetcar Named Desire -      In Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, the characters are extremely well defined.  In fact, they are so well defined obtuse critics have characterized them as two-dimensional, but Williams drew them that way intentionally so as to underscore the flaws that make their characters so memorable.   Blanche is an aging single Southern woman whose best days are in the past.  Blanche has not been able to make the adjustment from when she was the belle of the county at Belle Reeve, her family's southern home, to the harsh realities of her present situation, one in which she has always "depended on the kindness of strangers" (142).  All of her attempts at living in reality involve he...   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
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Relationships in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Relationships in A Streetcar Named Desire    In many modern day relationships between a man and a woman, there is usually a controlling figure that is dominant over the other. It may be women over man, man over women, or in what the true definition of a marriage is an equal partnership. In the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Stanley is clearly the more dominant figure over Stella. Throughout the play there are numerous examples of the power he possesses of her. Williams portrays Stella as a little girl who lives around in Stanley’s world....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire] 604 words
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Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - During the late nineteen-forties, it was common for playwrights such as Tennessee Williams to use symbolism as an approach to convey personal thoughts, through the attitudes of the characters and the setting. Williams' actors have used symbolism to disguise the actuality of their thoughts and to accommodate the needs of their conservative audience. A Streetcar Named 'Desire' has a few complicated character traits and themes. Therefore, they have to be symbolised using figures or images to express abstract and mystical ideas, so that the viewers can remain clueless....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 3836 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire - The Importance of Scene 6 - A Street Car Named Desire - The Importance of Scene 6    Scene 6 is a poignant part of 'A Street Car Named Desire' and only contains the characters Mitch and Blanche. The scene begins with the impression that Blanche and Mitch have not enjoyed the evening that they have just spent together at a local carnival. Blanches voice and manner is described as being " the utter exhaustion which only a neurasthenic personality can know." Mitch is described as being "stolid but depressed." Mitch even admits "I'm afraid you haven't gotten much fun out of this evening Blanche." and "I felt all the time that I wasn't giving you much-entertainment."  At this point in the scene the viewer gets the...   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire]
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Gender Roles in A Streetcar Named Desire - Within Tennessee Williams's story about love and abuse within marriage and challenging familial ties, there lie three very different characters that all see the world in vastly different ways. These members of a family that operate completely outside of our generation’s norms, are constantly unsure of themselves and their station within the binary not only of their familial unit, but within the gender binary that is established for them to follow. Throughout the story of the strange family, each character goes through a different arch that changes them irrevocably whether it is able to be perceived or not by those around them....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Stella and Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Stella and Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire    The two important female characters in the "poetic tragedy"(Adler 12), A Streetcar Named Desire, are Stella and Blanche. The most obvious comparison between Stella and Blanche is that they are sisters, but this blood relationship suggests other similarities between the two women. They are both part of the final generation of a once aristocratic but now moribund family. Both manifest a great deal of culture and sensitivity, and because of this, both seem out of place in Elysian Fields....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire Essays Williams]
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Man vs. Woman in A Streetcar Named Desire - During the time period Tennessee Williams, author of the play A Streetcar Named Desire, lived in, men were typically portrayed as leaders of the household. Through Williams' usage of dialogue, specific descriptions of each characters, as well as sound, he illustrates to readers of today's society how differently a man and woman coexisted in the mid-1900s, compared to today. Through the eyes of a topical/historical theorist, who stresses the relationships between the story and the time period it takes place, the distinction between today's society and that of five decades past, can be observed with depth and precision....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 809 words
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The Gender Struggle in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams -        After two world wars, the balance of power between the genders in America had completely shifted. Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is a harsh, yet powerful play that exposes the reality of the gender struggle. Williams illustrates society’s changing attitudes towards masculinity and femininity through his eloquent use of dramatic devices such as characterization, dialogue, setting, symbolism, and foreshadowing. Stanley, the protagonist, is a symbol for society’s view of the stereotypical male....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
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Brutal Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Brutal Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire               In Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"(Williams 2008-2075; additional references by page number only.) the characters are extremely physical. The most physical of all characters in the play was Stanley Kowalski. Stanley is considered to be a brutal, domineering man with animal-like traits. The best relationship to illustrate Stanley's brutality is the one between he and his wife, Stella. Stanley treats Stella badly. He beats Stella and is impolite to her in front of other people....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 617 words
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Character Analysis of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Character Analysis of Blanche Through Text and Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire           Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying "Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama...the purest language of plays" (Adler 30). This is clearly evident in A Streetcar Named Desire, one of Williams's many plays. In analyzing the main character of the story, Blanche DuBois, it is crucial to use both the literal text as well as the symbols of the story to get a complete and thorough understanding of her....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire]
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Character Study of Blance Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - Character Study of Blance Dubois Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying that "symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama...the purest language of plays" (Adler 30). This is clearly evident in Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. As with any of his major characters, any analysis of Blanche DuBois much consist of a dissection of the play’s dialogue, supplemented by an understanding of the “language” of symbols in which Williams often speaks. Before one can understand Blanche's character one must understand the reason why she moves to New Orleans and joins her sister, Stella, and brother-in-law, Stanley....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Essay on Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The Destruction of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire      A Streetcar Named Desire is an intricate web of complex themes and conflicted characters. Set in the pivotal years immediately following World War II, Tennessee Williams infuses Blanche and Stanley with the symbols of opposing class and differing attitudes towards sex and love, then steps back as the power struggle between them ensues. Yet there are no clear cut lines of good vs. evil, no character is neither completely good nor bad, because the main characters, (especially Blanche), are so torn by conflicting and contradictory desires and needs....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Kowalski and Dubois' Differing Values in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Kowalski and Dubois' Differing Values in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire is a play founded on the premise of conflicting cultures. Blanche and Stanley, the main antagonists of the play, have been brought up to harbour and preserve extremely disparate notions, to such an extent that their incompatibility becomes a recurring theme within the story. Indeed, their differing values and principles becomes the ultimate cause of antagonism, as it is their conflicting views that fuels the tension already brewing within the Kowalski household....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1209 words
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The play A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, manipulates the ideas of Men and women’s roles in society as well as the unmaintained sexual desire between the two. During the era of the 1950’s, marriage was between a man and woman and vows were seldom broken. Gender roles were for the most part set in stone. The women would cook dinner, watch the kids, and clean the house. Men of the 1950’s would go to work and work all day to put the food on the table. Men genuinely were the head of the household controlling most of the “say so.” Throughout the 1950’s gender roles came to a halt and drafted in an alternate direction....   [tags: famous plays, gender roles]
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The Character of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire -     Blanche, the main character in William’s play "A Streetcar Named Desire" invokes many contrasting emotions. To analyze one’s emotions concerning Blanche is no easy task, to do so effectively one must break the play into different parts and analyze them separately. The problem with Blanche is that she presents a character so mixed up in her own motives and opinions that one never knows if it is really her or an act she’s putting on. The audience will find itself constantly readjusting its position towards Blanche and the other characters as the play unfolds and we learn more about her story and the reasons behind her inadequacies....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
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Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams - Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, author Tennessee Williams does a wonderful job developing the character of Stanley Kowalski. To me, his character seemed most like that of a true person. On the other hand, Stella, Stanley's wife, is mainly displayed as being the loving type, and because that is basically the only character trait she displays, it is difficult to really understand her as a person. The character of Stanley Kowalski is developed much like a real person, having numerous personality traits....   [tags: Streetcar Desire williams Essays] 2768 words
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Stanley Kowalski’s Violence in A Streetcar Named Desire - Stanley Kowalski’s Violence in A Streetcar Named Desire In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a main theme was domestic violence and how women were not respected before the 1970’s. Beating your wife was considered “family matters” and many people ignored this huge issue. Women were supposed to take care of the situation by themselves or ignore it. Ruby Cohn argues that Stanley is the “protector of the family” and that his cruelest gesture in the play is “to tear the paper lantern off the light bulb” (Bloom 15)....   [tags: domestic violence, torture] 2008 words
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Character of Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Character of Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire One of the best-known plays of our time, Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” tells the story of fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her struggles during the South’s post-war changes. Although the play is widely remembered due to its 1951 film version and Marlon Brando’s famous bare-chested cry of “Stella!,” it is also a story of a changing South containing characters struggling with the loss of aristocracy to the new American immigrant, the fallout of chivalry to a new mindset of sex and desire, and a woman grasping desperately at the last bit of fantasy she can muster....   [tags: Williams Streetcar Desire Blanche Essays]
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Such a Beautiful Play: A Streetcar Named Desire Journal Entry - ... To be smarter than the men who have been in her life, the ones who have allowed themselves to use Blanche but never saw who the woman really was beneath the white veil. She sees this child as a future, and despite the fact her life is fleeting and hallow, this child can live on. This is echoed with the woman selling flowers for the dead; Blanche cannot touch them, let alone think of them, as they are symbolic of the end, while the child is the future. Blanche stands up for herself for a first; "I don't have to put up with insults" yet sadly, this is an empty statement....   [tags: desire, death, ascent, paradise] 2081 words
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Feminism Taken to Extremes in A Streetcar Named Misogyny - Feminism taken to Extremes in A Streetcar Named Misogyny                As women's studies programs have proliferated throughout American universities, feminist "re-readings" of certain classic authors have provided us with the most nonsensical interpretations of these authors' texts. A case in point is that of Kathleen Margaret Lant's interpretation of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire in her essay entitled "A Streetcar Named Misogyny." Throughout the essay, she continually misreads Williams' intention, which of course causes her to misunderstand the play itself....   [tags: Streetcar Named Misogyny Essays]
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" The play 'A Street Car Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams has many characters with different personalities. One character that seems to play an important part in this play is Stanley. The ruff and hardened blunt husband of Stella, this is shown to us in the first two scenes introduces this character to the audience, and shows his attitude towards the environment that he lives in. Through out the following I shall be discussing about how Tennessee Williams introduces Stanley to the audience and this helps us learn about him....   [tags: Williams Street Car Streetcar Essays] 681 words
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Essay Comparing Glass Menagerie and Streetcar Named Desire - Comparing Glass Menagerie and Streetcar Named Desire     Tennessee Williams is one of the greatest American playwrights. He was constantly shocking audiences with themes such as homosexuality, drug addictions, and rape. He broke free from taboos on such subjects, paving the way for future playwrights. Williams wrote about his life. The Glass Menagerie is a very autobiographical play. A Streetcar Named Desire, although meant to a play that anyone can relate to, also contained characters and situations from his life....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire - Alcohol in its many forms The use of alcohol has many different physical properties. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, alcohol plays a rather compelling and symbolic role. For instance alcohol occurs in both texts in the form of social meanings of having a good time and can also lead to violence. Therefore, the authors are trying to get across that alcohol is used, in different ways, to convey the moral degradations of society....   [tags: alcohol and conflict in literature] 517 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams - Tennessee Williams is recognized as being one of America’s top playwrights during the twentieth century. His play A Streetcar Named Desire, written in 1947, tells the tale of two sisters and their struggle to find happiness. The Glass Menagerie, published in 1945, is a memory play, which profoundly impacted Williams’s career. Suddenly Last Summer, published in 1993, is a one-act play about a young girl’s horrifying experience while traveling abroad. All of these plays incorporate aspects of Williams’ own life and portray dysfunctional characters....   [tags: Blanch Dubois, universal truth]
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Major Themes of A Streetcar Named Desire - Major Themes of A Streetcar Named Desire There are 3 major themes in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, the first is the constant battle between fantasy and reality, second we have the relationship between sexuality and death, and lastly the dependence of men plays a major role in this book. One of the first major themes of this book is the constant battle between fantasy and reality. Blanche explains to Mitch that she fibs because she refuses to accept the hand fate has dealt her. Lying to herself and to others allows her to make life appear as it should be rather than as it is....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay] 601 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams - Blanche the true character n Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the nature of theatricality, “magic,” and “realism,” all stem from the tragic character, Blanche DuBois. Blanche is both a theatricalizing and self-theatricalizing woman. She lies to herself as well as to others in order to recreate the world as it should be—in line with her high-minded sensibilities. To that extent, much of her creations arise from a longing for the past, nostalgia for her lost love, her dignity, and her purpose in life....   [tags: blanche, nature, realism] 2013 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - ... “Tennessee Williams Biography” by Poetry Foundation states that his father often times called him a “sissy,” negatively influencing Williams. The family moved to St. Louis in 1918, and from that moment forward, Williams will always look back on the South as a “rich source to which he returned literally and imaginatively for comfort and inspiration” (“Biography” n. pag.). The Southern upbringing he received in his early life provided the backbone to his 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Throughout the play, the theme of the Old South’s destruction due to the New South is evident....   [tags: story and character analysis] 678 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire - ... This is foreshadowing when Stanley rapes Blanche near the end of the play. He calls Blanche “tiger” because he wants to tame, capture, and show her who the alpha male is. Likewise, Stanley seems to show signs of jealousy over Blanche because she came from wealth; also, Stanley could possibly be jealous of his own wife, Stella, due to having come from the same background. However, Blanche may be jealous of Stanley and Stella’s relationship because that is what she has always dreamed about having....   [tags: Tenessee Williams, playwright, play analysis] 887 words
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Gender Roles in The Yellow Wallpaper and A Streetcar Named Desire - Many different depictions of gender roles exist in all times throughout the history of American culture and society. Some are well received and some are not. When pitted against each other for all intents and purposes of opposition, the portrayal of the aspects and common traits of masculinity and femininity are separated in a normal manner. However, when one gender expects the other to do its part and they are not satisfied with the results and demand more, things can shift from normal to extreme fairly quickly....   [tags: Literature]
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Reality and Illusion in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire, first published in 1947, is considered a landmark play for the 20th century American drama, bringing author Tennessee Williams a Pulitzer Prize. One of its most important themes deals with the contrast between reality and illusion. The aim of this essay is to examine how this contrast is reflected in the way the main character constructs her identity. As Ruby Cohn calls it in his essay “The Garrulous Grotesque of Tennessee Williams”, A Streetcar Named Desire is “a poignant portrait of a Southern gentlewoman who is extinct in the modern world” (46)....   [tags: literary analysis, critical analysis] 1697 words
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The Recurring Theme of Conflict in Relationships Throughout Much Ado About Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire - The writers of Much Ado about Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire all incorporate conflict in relationships as reoccurring theme in their texts. There are a number of different forms of relationships in the texts such as marital, romantic and family relationships and they are all presented with complexity by the authors as their opinions on the subject matter will be influenced differently due to the era they live in and their personal experiences. For example, in Much Ado about Nothing marriage is a means of creating a happy ending which is typical in Shakespearean plays but it is also a means of social advancement similarly to Wuthering Heights where couples married to...   [tags: marriage, parents, abandonment]
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