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A Streetcar Named Desire
Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire
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
speed/length of conversation
positions of characters
How does Williams use action and movement?
refer to the tension graph
shows the character
A Streetcar Named Desire
The first London production of this play was at the Aldwych Theater on October 12th, 1949
setting (stage, props, lighting, sound effects,,, etc.)
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
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?
the train scene
indicates sexual tension
poker game (women vs men)
Van Gogh's picture
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?
conscious of her look
easy to get anxious
uses many exclamation marks
mood changes quickly and dramatically
confident in himself
casually takes his shirt off
gets aggressive and violent when drunk,
values others' opinions
nice - because he has been heartbroken
different than other men in the play
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Tennessee Williams