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Tenessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- TThis essay will discuss the metaphors associated with the characters in The Glass Menagerie and how each of these metaphors represents a fragment of the American Dream. She is like a piece of her glass collection, too fragile to be brought into the real world without being devastated. Because of her sensibility, she has avoided dealing with people for so long that when she finally tries to socialise with Jim, she fails to see that she is being manipulated. Amanda is a faded Southern belle who is trying to relive her past by using her daughter to mirror her former self....   [tags: metaphors associated with the characters]

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The Invisible Injury in Tenessee Williams´A Streetcar Named Desired

- In the beginning Tennessee Williams formed Stanley and Blanche from the soil of repression and indulgence; he breathes desire into their nostrils causing them to become living souls. In the mist of the Elysian Fields garden was the tree of knowledge of death and redemption. Stanley the merciless predator of Blanche used the knowledge of the death of Belle Reve to expose Blanche’s nakedness. Blanche covers herself with puritanical fig leaves advertently exposing the primitive beast like qualities in Stanley....   [tags: repression, indulgence, motives, perspective]

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Literary Analysis of The Glass Menagerie by Tenessee Williams

- The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams had ordinary people in an ordinary life that closely resembled the influences of Williams’ personal life while having reoccurring themes and motifs throughout the story. The play has been done by many with some variations in the scripts and setting while still clinging to the basic ideas of the original play. Amanda Wingfield was a complex character that encompassed many facets of her personality. She longed to have the life she had as a girl and young woman with gentleman callers and being the center of attention; her reality though, was a much more dismal existence with a son who worked at a factory making little money at a job he despised and a d...   [tags: The Glass Menagerie]

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On the Triumph of Stanley by Means of Natural Selection: Survival of the Fittest in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tenessee Williams

- According to Charles Darwin, the father of the modern theory of evolution, “it is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” Based on the example set forth in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, the principle that adaptability is the key to survival holds true in modern society. Streetcar chronicles the bitter struggle for survival between Blanche Dubois, a sophisticated but fading southern beauty, and Stanley Kowalski, her brutish brother-in-law....   [tags: Change, Adaptation]

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The Life and Works of Tennessee Williams

- “I was not aware of how much vital energy had gone into this struggle until the struggle was removed” (A Streetcar Named Desire). Williams struggled as a child which helped him began his writing career. William’s grew up during the Great Depression, the many changes of presidents, and a fire that change work policy everywhere in the United States. A Streetcar Named Desire brought him great success. Tennessee Williams struggled with communication as a child. To deal with life Williams started to write; he wrote plays, poems, and books....   [tags: Tennessee Williams Essays]

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Tennessee Williams And His Life

- ... He studied at this college from 1929 to 1931 (“Tennessee Williams”). At The University of Columbia, Williams was enrolled in a lot of journalism classes that he found boring. As a way to channel his boredom into something good, he started entering in many writing contests. He also entered in these competitions for some extra income (‘Tennessee Williams”). Another task that Williams took on was to join a fraternity (“Tennessee”). The fraternity life did not last long and after he failed to join the ROTC program, Williams’ father sent him to work in a shoe factory....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- The Escape “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams is a play about desire to escape and this concept is conveyed through a variety of techniques and ideas shown in this play of exploration by the playwright, Tom Wingfield. First, Jim tries to escape his engagement by having a romantic night with Laura. Then, Tom’s father escapes for the same reasons Tom did. Thirdly, according to Roger Boxill from ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Amanda escapes by reminiscing “Blue Mountain ... And the seventeen gentleman callers.” Fourthly, Laura escapes with romance, going for walks, her “Glass Menagerie, stomach pain, and the broken horn from the unicorn....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... The second way of escaping is when Tom states that the reason he stays out at night is because he is going to the movies due to his want for adventure with the line in Act IV “I go the movies because---I like adventure. Adventure is something I don’t have much of at work, so I go to the movies” (Williams 1260). This is the main way of escaping reality that Tom uses. This intern makes his mother mad and adds to the stress she is already feeling. Tom eventually leaves the family and is stated in the character list that “His [Tom] nature is not remorseless, but to escape from a trap he has to act without pity” (Williams 1247)....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Escape]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... Tom usually wants to go to the movies in order to “live” the adventures portrayed in the films, but soon understands that the films are not real adventures, to which he comments to Jim, “But I’m not patient. I don’t want to wait till then. I’m tired of the movies and I am about to move!” (Williams 1194). Tom was referring to the war, to which he referred as the real adventure for people that were not Hollywood actors. However, he did not want to wait until a war came, so he decided to join the Union of Merchant Seamen, which Tom found adventurous....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, The Play]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... In a conversation she has with Jim, she tells him, “Glass is something you have to take good care of” (Williams 966). Laura identifies herself with the glass. They represent her fragility. She is frustrated and scared of showing herself to the world. Not only Laura feels uncomfortable with her family, but also she is very altruistic with them. Laura manifests her personality in the many occasions she helps Amanda and Tom to be content. She does not care for what her family says about her but more about fixing the relationship they have....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Tell]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... The glass part of the menagerie represents the weaknesses that each character has. Tom’s thrust for adventure is the glass part of him, his Achilles heel. It causes him to lose his job in the play, go out to the movies, drink, and eventually to break his bonds and leave the family. Laura’s weakness is her crippled leg and her shyness. Laura’s shyness makes her drop out of typing school, and in social situations, she is self-conscious about her crippled leg. She is able to forget about these draw backs for a moment and overcome them when Jim treats her like a normal women....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Laura]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams’ excellent use of themes to portray characters in his world class, classic play “The Glass Menagerie” makes the play enthralling till the very end of it. Out of many themes like loneliness, illusions and distress; disintegration of the family seems to be a major plot of the play. Undoubtedly, all the themes displayed in “The Glass Menagerie” are as much important for the success of the play which keeps the audience indulged into it throughout. Nature and lifestyle of each character plays a vital role in creating events and setting the theme of the story....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Drama]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- The power within the mind provides people with the opportunity to create an illusion of one’s life. These illusions sprout from dreams that often are unobtainable, as they strive to reach perfection in life which is known to be impossible. The mind crafted images provide people with an outlet to escape the terrifying truth of reality. Shielding oneself from reality is only a temporary solution, and can create social struggles as well as tension. The struggle between wanting to live in a fantasy of dreams to escape the world, and accepting the hardships of reality has existed in society since the beginning of time....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Truth]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- The play The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams in 1943, is a story of a family thrown by fate in a big industrial city. In the author 's foreword Williams calls his work a “memory play”, and while seeking to express life as truthfully and brightly as possible, he rejects such artistic means as a "photographic likeness." The play is based on the nuances, hints, and is rich with symbols that is created by special design, using the screen, music and lighting. Undoubtedly, symbols are the glass unicorn and blue roses that appear on the screen as a symbol of uniqueness and vulnerability of Laura - the most touchy and unfortunate character in the play....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Complex]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... (Williams The Glass) The downfall of the family is Tom leaving, and Laura being left as a seemingly unmatchable lass, would be due in part to the fact that their mother dwells too much on the past. Throughout the play, she recalls her glorious days as a younger lady. With her constant descriptions of what would seem to be a glorious southern social life, it is easy to presume she had a satisfying youth. This lifestyle is opposite to Laura’s. Amanda seems to feel as though Laura is missing out on a glorious life, although Laura does enjoy keeping up with her glass figurines....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Family]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... Amanda fell in love with Mr. Wingfield, whom presented himself as fine gentleman and was picked by Amanda herself to marry. But he turned out to be more about himself and doing what he wants and what makes him happy and he ran off forfeiting their marriage. Because Amanda grew up with the idea of the gentleman caller being such a great tradition, her husband’s abandonment left her traumatized and it challenged the authenticity of the tradition. The way she was raised and her disastrous marriage left her to blind to see how the hazardous effects and its heartbreaking potential that came along with the belief of this tradition has pushed her daughter into her withdraw from the real world....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Family]

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The Glass Collection By Tennessee Williams

- Glass is an amorphous material which is often transparent and has widespread practical, technological, and decorative usage in things like window panes, tableware, and optoelectronics. The most familiar, and historically the oldest, types of glass are based on the chemical compound silica (silicon dioxide), the primary constituent of sand. Glass is both reflective and refractive of light, and these qualities can be enhanced by cutting and polishing. It is neither solid nor liquid but can turn into liquid form under a certain heat....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Light]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Glass Menagerie”, depicts the life of an odd yet intriguing character: Laura. Because she is affected by a slight disability in her leg, she lacks the confidence as well as the desire to socialize with people outside her family. Refusing to be constrained to reality, she often escapes to her own world, which consists of her records and collection of glass animals. This glass menagerie holds a great deal of significance throughout the play (as the title implies) and is representative of several different aspects of Laura’s personality....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Symbol]

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Tennessee Williams 's The Glass Menagerie

- Tennessee Williams 's The Glass Menagerie is an American masterpiece. The play carries American theatre through to the modern times with little recognition. Williams 's overall background, with emphasis on his southern heritage and homosexuality, is the influence of the characters and the setting. The Glass Menagerie shines a light on being an outsider and being restless through the perspectives of three different individuals. Williams 's overall background plays an enormous part in The Glass Menagerie....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams]

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The Importance Of Tennessee Williams ' A Street Car Named Desire

- Jeury Nunez Reyes Prof. Jay Walitalo ENG 101-FY01 30 Nov 2015 The Importance of Tennessee Williams “I don 't want realism. I want magic. Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don 't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that 's sinful, then let me be damned for it!” (Goodread, quotes). This quote comes directly from one of Tennessee William’s most famous novel, A Street Car Named Desire representing William’s way of life. Tennessee Williams is the pen name for Thomas Lanier Williams, born March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams And Movie By Paul Newman

- As humans, we are all born by those who raised us such as families and guardians. Family is where we all belong in that helps us identify who we are as an individual. It helps us grow as a person in order to realize what we have located in front of us. We all belong to a family and it is our family that keeps us together through thick and thin. Without having a family, the person feels isolated and the relationship that ties the family together tears apart. We need others who are close in our lives in order to function properly with those we are surrounded by day in and out....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams]

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The Works of Tennessee Williams

- Throughout American history there have been many playwrights, but one man strayed away from the staus quo and created something revolutionary. “His contributions to the American theatre are revolutionary and inestimable.” (Kolin IX). Tennesse Williams became famous due to his idea of overcoming “the norm” of the twentieth century. His personal experiences and highly rated plays gave him ultimate success in the literary world. “He is a poet because he is aware of people and of life. His perceptions are quick....   [tags: Tennessee Williams Essays]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams And For Whom The Southern Belle Tools

- ... Laura was not happy at all “I 'm just not popular like you were in Blue Mountain” (Williams 367). Laura was content where she was and felt no man could possibly love her. When the gentleman arrived Laura was nowhere to be seen and had suddenly become ill. She knew the gentleman caller from school Jim, and had a crush on him during school but never said anything. Laura had a glass collection that defined who she was and her favorite was different from all the other ones just like she was different....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams -Joseph K. Davis, " Landscapes of the Dislocated Mind in Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie'," in Tennessee Williams: A Tribute Tom and his sister Laura is symbolically the actual glass menagerie, the play belongs to neither of them. The play belongs to their mother, Amanda, as substantiated by the above quote from Joseph K. Davis. Amanda indulges herself in memories of the past and refuses to accept the present. The play is also hers because it is her "tragedy"....   [tags: Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Essays]

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The Portrayal of Women in the Work of Tennessee Williams

- Portrayal of Women in The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, Suddenly Last Summer, and Period of Adjustment   Tennessee Williams has become one of the most well known literary figures in modern America. His plays are often controversial because of his preoccupation with sex and violence and his fearlessness to probe the dark areas of human life. Williams's earlier work often inspired his later plays and basic character types often reappear throughout each of his plays....   [tags: Women in the Plays of Tennessee Williams]

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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie We all have illusions. We can hardly live without them. Most of the time they are harmless thoughts about things that are usually unattainable. An example would be when a person sees something that they want and then dreams of having it. Whenever someone holds an opinion based on what they think is true, or in some cases what should be true, rather than what actually is true, then that is an illusion. Illusions sometimes help people cope with painful situations, but in the end, illusions are only a false escape from reality....   [tags: Tennessee Williams Glass Menagerie Essays]

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Symbolism In The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams', The Glass Menagerie, is a play that evokes great sympathy and in some cases, empathy for a protagonist who struggles to overcome two opposing forces; his responsibilities and his desires. There are many symbols and non-liner references that contribute to the development of characterization, dramatic tensions and the narrative. This essay will examine in detail, the aspects of the play that contribute to the development of the above mentioned elements. In Tom's opening addresses, he explains to the audience that the play's fifth character is his absent father –present only in the form of a picture that hangs on the wall....   [tags: Tennessee Williams Glass Menagerie]

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Tennessee Williams and A Streetcar Named Desire

- Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911. As a  successful playwright, his career was greatly influenced by events in his life.  He was noted for bringing the reader "a slice of his own life and the feel of southern culture", as his primary sources of inspiration were "the writers he grew up with, his family, and the South."  The connection between his life and his work can be seen in several of his plays. One strong influence that is evident in Tennessee Williams' plays is his family life, which was "full of tension and despair".  His father, a businessman who owned a show warehouse, was known for his gambling and drinking habits.  He was often engaged with violent argume...   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]

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Alienation in Tennessee Williams', The Glass Menagerie

- Alienation in Tennessee Williams', The Glass Menagerie Life is a lonely tale of alienation, as Tennessee Williams conveys though his play, “The Glass Menagerie.” Williams surrounds Laura in isolation from a world in which they wish to belong to by using various symbols. The symbolic nature of the motifs hidden within the lines of this play provides meaning to the theme found consistent throughout the play: Individuals are all alone in the world. Williams brilliantly illuminates the idea of isolation through the symbolic use of glass....   [tags: Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie Essays]

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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie as a Tragedy

- Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie as a Tragedy The Glass Menagerie has, of course, been labelled as many different types of play, for one, a tragedy. At first glance it is clear that audiences today may, indeed, class it as such. However, if, looking at the traditional definition of the classification 'tragedy', one can more easily assess whether or not the Glass Menagerie fits under this title. To do this I will be using the views of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, who first defined the word 'tragedy' and in his views, a tragedy contained certain, distinctive characteristics....   [tags: Papers Tennessee Williams Menagerie Essays]

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Tennessee Williams' Life Story Portrayed in The Glass Menagerie

- Tennessee Williams' Life Story Portrayed in The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams' play, The Glass Menagerie, originated in the memory of Williams. Williams' family embodied his father, Cornelius Williams, his mother, Edwina Dakin Williams, his sister, Rose Williams, and his younger brother, Dakin Williams. Cornelius was an alcoholic, always away from home; Tennessee and Cornelius did not have a strong relationship, "By the late 1920s, mother and father were in open warfare, and both were good combatants....   [tags: The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Essays]

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Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee William's novel, A Streetcar Named Desire, is the story of the brutish Stanley Kowalski and his meek wife Stella, a New Orleans couple whose lives are turned upside down with the arrival of Stella's neurotic, Southern belle sister Blanche who is immediately drawn into a battle of wills with Stanley. Blanche's childlike helplessness, romantic desires, and pretensions to aristocracy completely collapse when Stanley's ruthless exposure of her past brings about Blanche's final disintegration....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]

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Illusion vs. Reality in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- Illusion vs. Reality in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie       The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, contains multiple themes.  While there are many themes, the theme that holds the piece together is illusion versus reality.                This theme is established very quickly, In fact, the first paragraph of the play describes the illusions to take place, "But I am the opposite of a stage musician.  He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth.  I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion" (1866).  During Tom's monologue, he discusses the premise of the play; when it takes place, who the characters are, and how the play is to be perceived (as a memor...   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays Tennessee Williams]

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Three Important Symbols in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- Three Important Symbols in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams        In Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, the narrator is used to reveal elements of Williams' own life as a victim of the Depression in the 1930s. Williams does this through his eloquent use of symbolism. Three symbols seem to reveal Williams' intent especially accurately; the unicorn, the picture of Mr. Wingfield, and Malvolio's coffin trick.               The unicorn is a symbolic representation of ways that Laura is unique or unusual.  The first facet of the unicorn, its horn, refers to ways that Laura is an unusual person, such as in her may escape mechanisms.  Laura's escape devices include her glass mena...   [tags: Glass Menagerie essays Tennessee Williams]

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Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

- Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams In Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the character of Blanche Dubois is a vivid example of the use of symbolism throughout the play. Blanche wants to view things in an unrealistic way. “I don’t want realism. I want magic…I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth…” (Blanche p.117). She doesn’t want reality; instead she wishes to view a rose-colored version of life that goes along with her old-fashioned southern belle personality....   [tags: Streetcar Desire Tennessee Williams Essays]

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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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Illusion and Fantasy in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

- Illusion and Fantasy in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams An illusion is fake belief whereas fantasy is imagining fanciful visions. Both these themes are important in the play because they show how they can be mistaken for reality by each character in the play. The themes illusion and fantasy are involved from the start of the play. We learn from when Stanley throws the package of meat down to Stella that he is a dominant character and that his relationship with Stella isn’t as happy as it may seem to be....   [tags: Streetcar Desire Williams Tennessee Essays]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

-   The most obvious symbol used in A Streetcar Named Desire is its title and the actual reference, in the play, to the streetcars named Desire and Cemeteries. They are the means by which Blanche was brought to the home of Stanley and Stella and, as the play unfolds, we realize the names of the streetcars have a greater significance. Blanche's instructions were to “take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries." When Blanche first arrives she is possessed by a desire for love and understanding, but always in the background lurks the fear of death and destruction....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- Amanda Wingfield in the play, The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams, was portrayed as a distraught southern belle trying to control the lives of her children. In The Glass Menagerie Amanda is the matriarch of her small family who appears at first to be a woman who cared about her children’s futures- that is before she becomes so overbearing that she started to hinder her children’s future. Amanda was a single mother who could never grasp reality. The Glass Menagerie was a memory play that told of a family trapped in destructive patterns....   [tags: Williams Glass Menagerie]

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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie If The Glass Menagerie were performed without the effects Williams wrote into the script, then the play would barely have a plot. Williams' use of music, lighting and a television screen add depth and meaning to the play. He uses effects to portray the feelings of the characters, rather than their words or actions. In Tom's opening speech he states that'The play is memory.' Because it is about his memories of his mother and her memories. They both spend the play living in the past....   [tags: Williams Glass Menagerie Essays]

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Tennessee Williams' Use of Dramatic Devices To Create Contrast And Conflict In "A Streetcar Named Desire"

- Tennessee Williams' Use of Dramatic Devices To Create Contrast And Conflict In "A Streetcar Named Desire" Tennessee Williams uses a number of dramatic devices to highlight the conflicting worlds of the old and new American South. These can be divided into four categories: staging, character and language, and props and costumes. I will be using these categories for reference in this essay. 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is an example of the genre 'realism'. Realism is fiction that is overtly gritty and realistic, showing real people in real situations, and also comments on the state of the world at that time....   [tags: Tennessee Williams Desire Essays]

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Music in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- Music in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams "Legend: 'Terror!" many people wouldn't even know what a legend is let alone what this phrase means. In the play 'The glass Menagerie" written by Tennessee Williams, legends which are short phrases or words, and images are projected on a special screen device that is specified for this certain play. This play has four main characters including Amanda, Tom, Laura and Jim who is also known as the gentlemen caller. The play is a memory play and includes a vast variety of visual and musical effects to create the feeling of memory as well as many other emotions and atmospheres....   [tags: Glass Menagerie Williams Essays]

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams MITCH: Lies, lies, inside and out, all lies. Referring to the two critical opinions, explore the extent to which the relationship between Mitch and Blanche is based on deception and self deception. Throughout Williams' play an unexpected relationship is developing before us. This is the one formed between Mitch and Blanche. Two very different characters who would appear to have nothing in common but when they dig deeper into each others personalities they find that have shared many past experiences and this gives them a basis for their relationship....   [tags: Streetcar Desire williams 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]

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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]

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Symbols and Symbolism in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- Symbols and Symbolism in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie   The Glass Menagerie illustrates how Tennessee Williams incorporates symbols to help express the central theme of the play. One of the recurring symbols, apparent throughout the play, is that of the "glass menagerie" - symbolic of Laura herself. Another symbol for Laura is the glass unicorn. Still another symbol is that of the picture of the father - symbolic of freedom. These symbols play an important part in the development of the plot, as well as the theme of the play....   [tags: Glass Menagerie Essays Williams]

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A Brother and Sister Relationship in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- A Brother and Sister Relationship in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams In the play, "The Glass Menagerie", the characters and relationships between them are very unique. Two unique characters that have a very strong relationship are the brother Tom, and his sister, Laura. Tom is a confused, young man who supports his sister. Laura, his sister, has very low-self esteem and does nothing but sulk around the house all day. Their mother Amanda, is absolutely a lunatic. She is obsessive and controlling to her children, because she wants them to live the life she wanted to live....   [tags: Glass Menagerie Williams]

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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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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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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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Symbolism In Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie

- Symbolism In Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie      Symbolism is a major aspect in Tennessee William's famous play, "The Glass Menagerie." On the surface, the short slice of life story seems to be simple. However, if the reader digs deeper they will find that there are several symbols that give the play a deeper meaning. Each character defines each symbol in a different way. Aside from character symbols, there is overall symbolism in this play. It is set in a memory, so it creates a soft, dream-like setting....   [tags: Tennessee Williams Glass Menagerie Essays]

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The Life and Works of Tennessee Williams

- A man who is a great writer may only be known to some people as a man who has a creative mind and a skilled hand. People rarely see the true life of their favorite author. Plunging into the lives of other people can open a new perspective for an aspiring young writer. Tennessee William’s writing and lifestyle influenced a new age for American literature. Thomas Lanier Williams was born on February 23, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi, to Cornelius and Edwina Williams. Thomas was given the nickname Tennessee later in his life....   [tags: famous playwrights]

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The Taboo in Tennessee Williams´ Literature

- Tennessee Williams is known for his ability to portray the unspeakable and force people to face their disputes in the most artful form. He is clearly a professional at one-upping everyday problems, but there are many different reasons why Williams decided to expose these real life issues to not only America, but the world. “A playwright is concerned, as an artist, to present a slice of life or of human experience.” (Reid 440). Many of his works are rumored to be based off of actual experiences, and yet some believe his work is immoral....   [tags: poet, maggie, unspeakable]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams lived a tragic life, similar to the type of plays he wrote. Williams was born March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi and given the name Thomas Lanier Williams, III. It wasn’t until he entered college at University of Missouri-Columbia did the journalism student obtain the name Tennessee. His college buddies gave him the name because of his southern accent. Williams portrayed the southern lifestyle in many of his plays. He lived in a dysfunctional family. Williams and his mentally ill sister were raised for the most part by their mother because his father spent so much time on the road as a traveling salesman....   [tags: Character Analysis, Laura Wingfield, Review]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- Biographical information Tennessee Williams was born on March 26, 1911. He was the second child of Edwina and Cornelius Coffin Williams. His father was a shoe salesman who spent most of his time away from home. Edwina was a “southern belle” she was snobbish and her behavior was neurotic. As a child, Williams suffered from diphtheria which almost ended his life. Williams attended Soldan High School, a setting he referred to in The Glass Menagerie. Later, he attended University City High School....   [tags: tom, amanda, and laura]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- ... He removes himself from his locale and goes to the movies claiming, “I go to the movies because – I like adventure. Adventure is something I don’t have of at work, so I go to the movies” (Williams, 51). To foreshadow his escape in the final scene of the play uses the fire escape simply by, “light[ing] a cigarette and go[ing] over to the fire-escape door” (Williams, 77). In the end, the fire escape that symbolizes his yearn of escape brings him to the begin a new life as he, “ descend[s] the steps of this fire escape for a last time and followed, from then on, in my father’s footsteps, attempting to find in motion what was lost in space” (Williams, 115)....   [tags: play analysis]

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The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

- Life in the 20th century, where the innocence and morality dominated the streets, should not have been easy for a writer that was unafraid to openly express his thoughts of depravity and repressed desires that dwelled in the depths of his being. Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights in American history, managed to open a place in that world of ideals to express through his work his so chaotic reality. Even though he was derided by critics and blacklisted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Spellman, who condemned one of his scripts as “revolting, deplorable, morally repellent, and offensive to Christian standards of decency” (quote), Williams achieve lots of recognitions from his so pec...   [tags: Thematic, Author, Analysis]

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The Plays of Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams was known as one of the greatest and most controversial playwrights in American history. He once said “I believe that writing or any form of creative work was never meant by nature to be a man’s way of making a living, that when it becomes one it almost certainly loses a measure of purity” (Lewis 54). This statement shows that Williams was a genuine writer who used his plays and poems to express his own thoughts. Williams was known for his Southern Gothic writing style. This is “a style of writing practiced by many writers of the American South whose stories set in that region are characterized by grotesque, macabre, or fantastic incidents” (“Southern gothic”)....   [tags: Authors]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- Broken Dreams In the 1930s, the people of America only wanted to believe that there was something bigger for them to still achieve. It was the time of the Great Depression and holding onto their dreams helped people survive. The idea of the American Dream itself included wealth, freedom, power and overall success. The American Dream believes that equal opportunity is available to all American to become successful. In the time of the Great Depression, so many people who believed in this Dream, also believed that money and materials could buy them happiness....   [tags: broken dreams, play analysis]

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The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams

- In his critical essay “The Green Goddess of Realism,” Sean O’Casey solicits what it entails to create “a real play about real people” (295). O’Casey believes playwrights embellish and emphasize their imaginative works in order to create a connection with the audience and evoke a specific reaction. Thus, the more realistic and similar to actual life a play is, the further it deviates from being a real play. According to O’Casey, theatre “is not[…] the locus of real life but an artistic presentation of stories that serve the narrator’s purpose” (293)....   [tags: The Power of the Mind]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- In the book, The Glass Menagerie, the main characters want to leave behind what they are used to go after their own personal goals. Tom is a character who desires to leave his house to follow his father’s footsteps, but is obligated to stay to support his family. He feels the need to abandon all his problems and change his life’s fate. Through the symbol of the fireplace, Tennessee Williams suggests that people want to escape the confinements of reality to chase their dreams, but are restrained by their sympathizing emotions....   [tags: tom´s attachment, troubles]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... For sixty-five dollars a month give up all that I dream of doing and being ever. And you say self; self’s all I ever think of. Why listen, if self is what I thought of, Mother, I’d be where he is, GONE (Williams 935). This is the perfect example of a son, who is rebellious again his mother, for taking care of her and his sister, doing what he doesn’t want to. This reminds me of one of my friend’s situation. My friends dad died when he was five, he grow up and when he turn fifteen, he was forced by his mother to work at a dairy, doing hard work that of course he didn’t like....   [tags: Mother, Father, Family, Parent]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- “The Glass Menagerie” written by Tennessee Williams is a dramatic play that employs meaningful literary elements to guide viewers deciphers the true meaning of the plot. The writer utilizes several literary elements, but the vital elements are characterization, setting, and theme. Literature is tedious to decipher, therefore it is imperative that the audience understand how to analyze literary elements to completely understand the true meaning of literature plot; for instance, if Tennessee Williams did not utilize literary elements, the plot of this play will be monotonous....   [tags: Fiction, Character, Literature, Performance]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- The “Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams shows a family facing economic and social hardships due to the father abandoning them. The father’s absence forces the rest of the family to fill roles that they wouldn’t be obliged to face if the father remained. The mother, Amanda, is a strong single mother who pushes her kids to be economically self-sustaining individuals. Amanda tries to impose her desires for her kids in a very direct and controlling manner which causes them to dislike her initiatives....   [tags: Family, Mother, Marriage, Tell Laura I Love Her]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- The Glass Menagerie is a famous play that is both a popular and critical success, written by the award-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams. This play is considered to be one of William’s best-loved plays, even winning the Drama Critics Circle Award. The Glass Menagerie is considered to be “a portrayal of loneliness among characters who confuse fantasy and reality,” and is carefully developed through Aristotle’s elements of drama. These six elements really help to portray the true meaning of the play, and includes the principle of plot, moral disposition, intellect, diction, melody, and spectacle....   [tags: Character, Fiction, Protagonist, Narratology]

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

- In Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie”, Laura, which is the daughter, is a very fragile character. Laura has a glass menagerie, which is a collection of glass animals. She is very timid and shy. She seems like a flat character most of the play. She is very different from her family. Her brother is the outgoing and independent one. Her mother is very opinionated and definitely speaks her mind. Laura is much like her glass menagerie, she is fragile, unique, and transparent. Laura is a very fragile person....   [tags: fragile character, laura]

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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

- ... He mentions to seeing a magician show at the movies, which sums up his feelings of travel well. At the show he said that the best trick the magician did was when the audience “nailed him into a coffin and he got out of the coffin without removing one nail” (934). Tom mentions the trick would be nice to have in his situation, and his father’s picture lights up when he gets to the part about how no one being able to get out without removing any nails. [PP1] This shows that, as bad as Tom wants to leave and get away, he wants it to be on a clean slate....   [tags: English-language films, Symbol]

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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- ... Having to endure the burden of raising her children alone has driven her to a state of lunacy. Amanda’s constant pushing of Laura to attend “Rubicam’s Business College”, whose anxiety disorder already prevents her from leading a normal life, illuminates Amanda’s inability to recognize the abnormalities in her children (1163). When Laura reminds her mother that she is crippled, Amanda begins to scold Laura, “[n]on-sense. Laura, I’ve told you never, never to use that word…” this gives further testimony to Amanda’s denial of her children’s defects (1165)....   [tags: abandonment of a family, story analysis]

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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- An inability to accept one’s reality and the idea of telling a story through the memory and emotions of someone involve come into play in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. The Glass Menagerie is narrated by Tom Wingfield and tells the story of how he came to leave his mother, Amanda, and his sister, Laura. Amanda is an overbearing Southern women, stuck in the ways of the past and obsessed with finding her daughter the perfect “gentleman caller.” However, Laura is entirely anti-social and unable to cope with societal pressures, making her a tough candidate for a husband....   [tags: play and character analysis]

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The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Williams

- Drinks are something socially shared, a favorite past time for many individuals. For the two characters Jordan Belfort and Tom Wingfield, drinks are something they indulge in daily. The characters come from two very different forms of expression. In Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield recalls the struggles of his troubled family in St. Louis around 1937. Tom recalls the difficult times that his mother and sister go through, including the final moments when Tom leaves the two on their own so he can pursue his own artistic interests....   [tags: wolf, geek walk into a bar]

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Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie

- In the Glass Menagerie by Tennessee William’s, Tom narrates the story through his memories. Tom resided in a small tenement with his older, slightly crippled sister, Laura and his overbearing, audacious mother, Amanda. Tom is a young man in his mid-twenties who has had to assume the role as provider for the household. His and Laura’s father left them and their mother years ago. Their father was an alcoholic with adulterous tendencies. That left Tom no choice, but to be the man of the house. His mother though filled with good intentions, created strife among the family....   [tags: emotional and social hindrance, family disfunction]

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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]

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Big Daddy and the American Dream in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

- Big Daddy and the American Dream in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof         Tennessee William's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a thought-provoking play that explores human relationships of all kinds. The character of Brick is forced to examine the relationship with his friend, Skipper, his wife, his family, and himself. Other characters, Gooper, Mae, and Big Mama, demonstrate stifling marriage relationships. Big Daddy, though, is one of the most interesting characters in that he illustrates the strange relationship one can have with one's possessions....   [tags: Cat Hot Tin Roof Essays Williams Papers]

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The Doctor Stories, by William Carlos Williams

- William Carlos Williams uses the examination and expression of details in The Doctor Stories to show various emotions and the readers’ reactions to those emotions. He uses positive emotions such as enchantment, pleasure, excitement, surprise, and a sense of satisfaction to express the upside of a clinical encounter. He also enables the use of negative emotions for expression - disappointment, frustration, confusion, and perplexity. In order to properly identify the varied emotions and reactions to the complex dimensions of clinical encounters in William Carlos Williams The Doctor Stories, one must first understand the what and the how of clinical encounters....   [tags: William Carlos Williams]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Preserved in the Constitution of 1776 is a dream of spiritual attainment, which argues that all men, equal under law, should be free to engage in the pursuit of happiness. Throughout Tennessee Williams’s noteworthy novel, A Streetcar Named Desire, the author makes a criticism of a spiritual fulfillment of this pronounced “American Dream”. Williams continually makes the dream look to be unattainable to most Americans, and viewed as a sign of dominance rather than opportunity and perseverance. In this latest play we have read in class, the American Dream is consistently criticized and made out to look as if it is truly detrimental to the average citizen....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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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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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- ... This charming and pleasant demeanor is questioned when Blanche shows alcoholic tendencies early in the play—tendencies that she hides from others—contradicting her previous prim and proper behavior and inciting curiosity to the depth and history of Blanche’s character. When alone with her younger sister, Blanche outrightly displays her sense of superiority, claiming that her brother in law “Acts like an animal, has an animal’s habits. Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one”. From observing her behavior, the audience learn that Blanche’s nature contradicts the meaning of her name; “Blanc” meaning white—pure in thought, heart and innocence....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski]

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

- ... Tennessee Williams depicts Blanche as uncertain, self-conscious and hides behind her semblance of superficial beauty. With the use of the motif lighting, we can see how Blanche disappoints to live up to the facade that she portrays and lighting as a motif brings out her true colors. Blanche says something very interesting in scene five that provides strong imagery of her as a moth; "Put on soft colors, the colors of butterfly wings and glow". Tennessee Williams specified adequate imagery of Blanche as a moth as she clothes in a white dress and is fluttering....   [tags: blanche, motifs, narcissistic]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams in A Streetcar Named Desire creates one of the most profound accounts of desire versus death; in doing so he designs Blanche Dubois whose only wish is to be desired. Unfortunately in this tragedy death prevails over desire. The two elements of death and desire as binaries are not able to to exist without each other, and this idea is manifested throughout the main character, Blanche Dubois. Blanche uses her fantasies as a shield; and her desires as her motivation to survive. Her fading beauty being her only asset and chance of finding stability....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- "It said all that I needed to say," was Tennessee Williams ' remark on his play A Streetcar Named Desire. Subsequent to experiencing an operation that brought about the expulsion of three inches of his digestive system, Williams persuaded that his next play would be his last. He set out to investigate the furthest openings of his psyche to set up his fundamental rationality of life, "The gorillas might acquire the earth." Williams was a wiped out and touchy individual in his childhood and effectively subjected to the brutality and remorselessness of others....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois, Truth]

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