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A Streetcar Named Desire

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Christie Papanikolaw

on 19 April 2016

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Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
Prominent WWII Playwright
Turbulent emotions, sexual forces, alcoholism
Iconic characters: Stanley Kowalski, Stella DuBois
Extension of Greek Tragic Hero
Tragic figure with a tragic flaw
"You may prefer to be told precisely what to believe about every character...if that is the case, then I am not your playwright" -T. williams
About the Author - Self Reflexivity
Pulitzer Prize
Starred Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh
Originally VERY TABOO
Shirtless Brando
Dysfunctional family dynamics galore
Facts about Streetcar's Performance
Suffers at the hands of conventional morality (knows the difference between right and wrong but cannot seem to make the appropriate decisions)
Conformity vs. Nonconformity
The Outcast Character
Outcast Characters are driven to...
Confess their transgressions against humanity
Suffer at their own hands by placing themselves in compromising situations
Outcast character commits an act for which she feels extreme, profound guilt
Experience and guilt causes "arrest of time"
Character is forced to re-live the profound experience, seeking redemption
Memory Play Structure
Southern Belle
Teacher by profession
Outcast Character
Running from past
Moves in with her sister Stella and brother in law Stanley Kowalski
Family tension: what happens when families move in with one another?
Blanche DuBois
We choose Streetcar because it is a Modern play that is beginning to show signs of the shift into Postmodernism
Grand Narrative
High/Low Culture differences
No interior or local narratives
Singular and non-unique perspective
How is this play Modern?
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