Atonement and A Streetcar Named Desire are very different in many ways but they also have similarities, in both the play and the novel, the central relationship is that of sisters. The bond between sisters is a very strong bond; sisters normally grow up together and are very close. Sisters know everything about each other and usually sick together no matter what.
‘She is daintily dressed ………………………………………………….Hat’
In A Streetcar Named Desire the characters Blanche and Stella are both from a rich background; brought up as southern belles. They grew up at Belle Reve a huge house which originally had lots of land …..Quote…….. But over the years got sold to pay for bills and expenses after the abolition of the slave trade. When Blanche arrives in Elysian Fields she looks ‘as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district.’
Similarly in Atonement, Briony and Cecilia had a rich upbringing too. Cecilia attended Cambri...
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...ie speaks using proper English; this sets him apart from Nettle and Mace who use colloquial language. It emphasises Robbie’s lucky upbringing but, it also make the audience feel as though Robbie doesn’t fit in with Nettle and Mace; reminding us he shouldn’t be fighting in the war.
At the end of A Streetcar Named Desire, Stella ‘sobs with inhuman abandon’ and Stanley kneels beside her, unsure what to do. Stella feels incredibly guilty for letting her sister, Blanche, be taken to the mental hospital, she feels as though its her duty, as her sister, to look after her. However this is impossible because Stanley raped her and Stella refuse to believe it, so, she does nothing and the play ends with Stanley's fingers finding ‘the opening of her blouse’. ………………..other reading…………….
'Atonement' by Ian McEwan
'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams
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