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A Streetcar Named Desire

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Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire

a dramatic composition or piece; drama.
Play
How does an audience respond to what is happening?
Ideally, audiences react accordingly to the tension graph.

To better illustrate, Williams uses:
pathos: common problem, desperate situation, cul-du-sac

Specific directions and settings are given, alerting audiences in different ways
tones of voice
gestures
speed/length of conversation
positions of characters
How does Williams use action and movement?
refer to the tension graph

violence

shows the character

quick tempo


Tragedy
The Drama
A Streetcar Named Desire
The first London production of this play was at the Aldwych Theater on October 12th, 1949
- dictionary.com
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/play
Elements:
thoughts/themes
stories
characters
script
dialogues/monologues
theater
setting (stage, props, lighting, sound effects,,, etc.)
audience
direct engagement with the audience
easier to show different perspectives
use of other devices than literary techniques
provoke the use of most of the senses

Effects:
Characteristics
serious, often dealing profound problems
evokes sympathy and thoughts
many use of pathos, encouraging sympathy
the structure leads to a dramatic climax
How is the stage space used?
- small apartment
making Blanche anxious and stressful

- no personal space is available, characters are always interfering with each other
again, making Blanche uncomfortable

- everything is transparent

- allows sexual tensions
How do sound, lighting and set design affect the meaning?
lighting
Blanche's birthday
foreshadowing
the train scene
indicates sexual tension

Set design
apartment
poker game (women vs men)
Van Gogh's picture

Sound
Blue Piano
even irrelevant noises are used to set the atmosphere and mood
How could an actor portray a particular character?
Blanche: anxious, stressful, fearful, seductive, pale, rich (high class), spoiled, manipulative

Stanley: aggressive, violent, temper, confident, loyal, arrogant

Stella: forgiving, patient, sees good in people, very loving

Mitch: hurt, patient, calm, innocent?

What physical and verbal mannerisms would they adopt?
Blanche:
conscious of her look
fake laughs
easy to get anxious
seductive
eyes
lies
uses many exclamation marks
mood changes quickly and dramatically

Stanley:
confident in himself
casually takes his shirt off
gets aggressive and violent when drunk,

Stella:
hesitations
values others' opinions
obedient

Mitch:
nice - because he has been heartbroken
different than other men in the play
Sources
http://homepage.smc.edu/adair-lynch_terrin/ta%205/elements.htm

http://www.conjunctions.com/archives/c25-jco2.htm

Tension
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Tennessee Williams
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