this chapter my aim is to examine a classic A Streetcar Named Desire from the before mentioned partly theoretical point of views (performative theoretical, psychological and a gender interactional point of view) in order to prove my Thesis that verbal violence has become more brutal and more dominant in American plays. On the historical context, Abbotson says that it shows a picture on a postwar urban-industrialized society. Its great protagonist Blanche for many critics is a fallen myth of the great antebellum South, where perfect women were supposed to marry charming guys and to live happily ever after on their fields (49). Regardless her efforts, Blanche is no longer a Southern belle, she is a once fired ex-teacher who had sexual relations with young boys and her no stability in her life (49).
In literature, the presence the outsider can be traced from ancient Greek dramas to modern literature, from Medea to the Underground Man. Most of the literary works pertaining to the outsider focus on the conflict between the outsider and the insider, conflicts that arise from the Otherness of the outsider. For example, in Jane Eyre, the Otherness of the titular protagonist—her fiery spirit and her subverting idea of equality based on individual merits rather than social status—leads to her alienation and conflicts with the insider wherever she goes. However, Tennessee Williams, in A Streetcar Named Desire, explored a different dynamic—namely the conflict between two outsiders, Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois. In the domestic sphere
4.1 Findings of this thesis A Streetcar Named Desire is regarded as a classical quality of tragedy. It is worth mentioning that the characters in A Streetcar Named Desire are created by a male writer, and is mainly concerned with the predicament of the individual versus society. The feminism reflects on Blanche shows Tennessee Williams’ humanistic solicitude on women in 20th century, which stimulates the introspection of female circumstances in industrial civilized society. On the basis of analysis above, this research proposes the complex nature of the problem of women being underrepresented in history.
Grace Nixon Dr. Brian Lewis English 2012 22 November 2015 Blanche DuBois: Hero or Villain? What came first, the chicken or the egg? With so many answers and different reasoning for each, this question can be extremely difficult to answer. While reading A Streetcar Named Desire, a play by Tennessee Williams dealing with the struggle of Blanche DuBois to fit in with an ever-changing society after losing her family home of Belle Reve, the reader may be left with a similarly challenging question to answer: is Williams sympathetic towards the character of Blanche, or does he condemn her character and behavior to make a statement to the larger audience about the effects of promiscuous actions?
A Streetcar Named Desire was produced and directed in 1951 by Elia Kazan. Based on the play written by Tennessee Williams, the film follows Blanche DuBois as she leaves her beloved hometown, Belle Reeve, and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski and husband, Stanley. Blanches flirtatious but traumatized personality causes problems for Stella and Stanley whose relationship is based off of sexual desires. Blanche is going through a battle in which she finds herself guilty for her late husbands suicide and this distress eventually leads to a huge conflict in the Kowalski household. Vivien Leigh played the dramatic Blanch DuBois and received an Oscar for the best female in a leading role.
In life, decisions are rarely black and white. We often find ourselves in the grey portion, unable to interpret right from wrong. Williams’ belief that there are no truly good or bad people represents his optimistic view of society. This vision provides a degree of hope for those Williams would describe as “a little worse”. However, we’re all blind to the true emotions in each others hearts, making us susceptible to misguided judgments.
In the play written by Tennessee Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the reader is introduced to the protagonist, a lady by the name of Blanche, who struggles to better herself, help her sister Stella, and leave her past experiences behind. Throughout the play, Blanche is verbally abused by Stanley and the reader sees this when Blanche finally stands up for herself and quotes, “Poems a dead boy wrote. I hurt him the way that you would like to hurt me, but you can’t” (1793). It seems that Blanche still feels guilty and takes the blame for the death of her husband, but she is also done with Stanley antagonizing her. When Stanley is going through her belonging, she can already tell he is dangerous and has bad intentions of hurting others.
A person’s life is a series of decisions leading them to the place in which they are today. Take a second to remember a point in time when you were face to face with a fork in the road, and a decision had to be made. Decisions are found in and throughout literature. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston are both built on decisions made by the characters. From small decision such as what to wear on a dinner date to difficult decisions such as pulling the trigger and killing the love of your life, they each played an important role in the stories.
Uncontrolled Desire and Its Effects on Character’s Life Ayat Al Roumi Department of English, Faculty of Letters And Human Sciences, Lebanese University Abstract Sex drive is influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors. And if this desire isn’t controlled would lead to a destruction in all his forms.
Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Missouri in 1911. Williams is considered to be one of the three most famous playwrights of the 20th century for American Drama. In 1947, one of his best works, A Streetcar Named Desire was released to the public. The play was set to be the exact year in which it was written (“Tennessee Williams”). The play begins as character Blanche Dubois arrives to her destination after getting off a streetcar named Cemeteries.