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A street car named desire by tennessee williams

  1. Themes of “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams
  2. What William says about this play “the ravishment of the tender, the sensitive, the delicate, by the savage and brutal forces of modern society”
  3. Historical context  As a Southerner, he was more affected by the events of the American Civil War (1861 – 1865) than WW2. Following their defeat by the Northern states, the South suffered economically during and after the Civil War. Source :Wikipedia
  4. Tennessee Williams • Born on March 26, 1911 Columbus, Mississippi and Died on February 24, 1983 New York City • Influenced by Anton Chekhov, D. H. Lawrence, August Strindberg and Hart Crane uk
  6. Exterior & interior, fragility , Vulnerability “I draw every character out of my very multiple split personality. My heroines always express the climate of my interior world at the time in which those characters were created.”(William) Source:
  7. Street Car Named Desire  Title comes from Street car that runs along desire street.  There are two New orleans neighborhood - “Desire and Cemeteries” Source:
  8. Street car Named Desire Written by Tennessee Williams Characters  Blanche DuBois  Stella Kowalski  Stanley Kowalski  Harold Mitchell Date premiered December 3, 1947 Place premiered Ethel Barrymore Theatre New York City, New York Original language English
  9. Stanley Kowalski Age: 25 Origin: Polish Descent Marital Status: Married Occupation: Factory Worker Hobbies: Bowling, Poker, Drinking
  10. Blanche Dubois Symbolic Meaning: Star Age: 25 Hometown: Laurel, Mississippi Marital Status: Married Occupation: Housewife
  11. Escapism William’s wrote: “an escape from a world of reality in which [he] felt acutely uncomfortable”. Drugs and Alcohol as an escape. Souce:www.dreamstime. com
  12. Appearance and Reality Shakespearean motif: “All that glitters is not gold” A common saying that : “Appearances are often deceptive” Sex and the death, Blanche- True Blanche Source:english12aphaml
  13. Role of men In this play, masculinity means:  Aggression  Control,  Physical dominance  Violence
  14. Role of women “Some of Blanche’s difficulties can be traced to the narrow roles open to females during that period” (Spampinato, 291).
  15. Role of women contd • Women in the Old South had a social and symbolic role, were expected to be passive and chaste. This world could not give Blanche what she needed (see scene 5) and so she tried to marry into the ‘light and culture’, but on doing so, she discovers that there is corruption and deceit behind the façade.
  16. Light and dark motifs  In the sixth scene, Blanche reveals to Mitch that loving her husband was like having the world revealed in “bright, vivid light”. Since his death, she wants darkness and has only experienced dim light during her sexual affairs with others.
  17. Marriage or…  A name for: - hero-worship, -aggression - -difference between husband and wife. Source:www.awamisiasa
  18. Marriage, Sex for commitment or safety?  While discussing sexual exploits with Mitch ,Blanche said thus: 'What do you want?' 'What I been missing all summer.' 'Then marry me, Mitch!'
  19. Sex as a literal Death In this drama sex leads to hardships, aggression ,Literal death, violence and Hardships.
  20. Desire  Sex &desire for men, if not found Blanche creates them  Blanche came to town on street car named “Desire”  Stanley can not control his desires and …  Stella learns the truth but stays with Stanley as she love and desires him
  21. Loneliness and haunting thoughts  “Yes, I had many intimacies with strangers. After the death of Allan, intimacies with strangers were all I seemed able to fill my empty heart with… I think it was panic, just panic, that drove me from one to another, hunting for some protection” (Williams, A Streetcar…).
  22. Old and New world • Stanley represents the American Dream that all men are born equal and can succeed equally, whilst Blanche represents the old world, where class and race are still important issues
  23. William’s Love for Southern “I write out of love for the South … once a way of life that I am just able to remember – not a society based on money … I write about the South because I think the war between romanticism and the hostility to it is very sharp there.”
  24. Class, sect, cast • Stanley and Blanche are opposed • Advised Mitch , not to marry Blanche • Ticket as a birthday gift.
  25. Alcoholism and Delusions of Drandeur  Drugs and Alchohol effects conscience.  Delusion of Grandure is a type of desease in which one thinks of him or herself as some one higher than the other.
  26. Journey from desire to death LAUREL Belle Reve NEW ORLEANS French Quarter

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