Analysis Of A Streetcar Named Desire

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The Past and Present
Society and its values are always changing and shifting in American history. This is true for the pre-war and post-war eras of World War II. Before the war, America’s society was the conservative type which wanted to represent high culture and elite status. After the war, however, the values which society once held close, were not important to people anymore. In 1947, only two short years after World War II, Tennessee Williams wrote the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to highlight how the shift in time brought change in society. Williams was very resistant to the emerging conservative ideals of the time period, which is perhaps because of his own experiences with an alternative lifestyle. In the play, Williams intertwines
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Belle Reve was a plantation that belonged to Blanche and her family and continues to represent the past. It is associated with death because of the many family members who died there. After their deaths, Blanche was not able to keep the house and she eventually lost it which is why “The loss of Belle Reve . . . stands for the loss of the mythicized Old South” (Oklopčić and Horvat 40). Blanche has to travel to New Orleans to live with Stella because of her unstable living situation, and she soon finds that it is nothing like Belle Reve. New Orleans is a modern, mixed, and accepting place where it is uncommon to see southern belles. It is known for being associated with anything-goes relationships and promiscuousness sexuality, and represents the new world’s ways of living. Through the use of different places, William calls to attention how the past, or in this case Belle Reve, is dying and with it, so are the views of pre-war…show more content…
Before the war, society was one which valued aristocracy and high morals, however, the war brought much reform. Now, these values and morals were not as important as they once were. Williams was against the conservative way of life because he did not agree with its beliefs and practices, and instead wanted to live an alternative lifestyle. Because of this, he wrote, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to show how the old society was dead and a new one was emerging which brought new views towards once disgraceful ways of life. He does this through the use of characters, places, and music embedded in stage directions. Tennessee Williams was a very powerful author who encouraged society to evolve and adapt to changing times, and ultimately, he achieved
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