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by Tennessee Williams

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Last Stop: Blanche’s Breakdown
“A Streetcar Named Desire is an intricate web of complex themes and contradictory natures. 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. However, there are no clear cut lines of good vs. evil, no character is either completely good or bad, because the main characters, (especially Blanche,) are themselves internally torn by conflicting and contradictory desires and needs. As such, the play has no clear victor, everyone loses something, and this fact is what gives the play its tragic cast. In a larger sense, Blanche and Stanley, individual characters as well as symbols for opposing classes, historical periods, and ways of life, struggle and find a new balance of power, not because of ideological rights and wrongs, but as a matter of historical inevitability.” The author of this essay has an M.A. in English Literature, and is a college English instuctor.
Contains: Character Analysis,
Author: Shirley Galloway

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Criticsm on A Streetcar Named Desire: A Bibliographic Survey, 1947-2003
Review of academic and theatrical criticism of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Contains: Review, Bibliography,
Author: Bak, John S.
From: Cercles 10 (2004)
Author: Bak, John S.
From: Cercles 10 (2004)
NPR : A Streetcar Named Desire, Present at the Creation
Part of National Public Radio’s popular “Present at the Creation” series; provides multimedia resources about the play and the 1951 film adaptation of the play.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis,
Keywords: film adaptation

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