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A Streetcar Named Desire: Setting, POV, and Old AP Questions
Transcript of A Streetcar Named Desire: Setting, POV, and Old AP Questions
POV and Why?
In third-person objective point of view, the thoughts and feelings of characters are not portrayed and can only be deciphered through their dialogue
Details of the surrounding scenes are given through stage directions and setting information, but it rarely ever gets deep into a single character.
POV and Why?
Moves along the action of the play
Creates objects out of characters that lets the reader make what they want out of the characters
Allows author to create emotional reactions out of audience with only action and dialogue, and without characters' inner thoughts
New Orleans, Louisianna
Elysian Fields, Different races and cultures
The two-room flat: in a low-income area of the French Quarter. Both Stella and Blanche left a quite wealthy and lavish life, for the complete opposite thing. Their apartment provides the thought that “three is definitely a crowd.” And this establishes/foreshadows instant conflict between the three of them.
Old AP Questions
A Streetcar Named Desire
1991, 1992, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
In a novel or play, a confidant (male) or a confidante (female) is a character, often a friend or relative of the hero or heroine, whose role is to be present when the hero or heroine needs a sympathetic listener to confide in. Frequently the result is, as Henry James remarked, that the confidant or confidante can be as much “the reader’s friend as the protagonist’s.” However, the author sometimes uses this character for other purposes as well.
Choose a confidant or confidante from a novel or play of recognized literary merit and write an essay in which you discuss the various ways this character functions in the work.
Many plays and novels use contrasting places (for example, two countries, two cities or towns, two houses, or the land and the sea) to represent opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of the work. Choose a novel or a play that contrasts two such places. Write an essay explaining how the places differ, what each place represents, and how their contrast contributes to the meaning of the work.
1992 Question Breakdown and response
First part of the question asks for the confidante character of the play. In this case we will use Eunice as the support for Stella since Stella goes to her when in need of comfort.
The next part of the question would focus on the function of the character in the work. Eunice's character would be used in the play in order to be used as the one who comforts Stella or the one who helps her makes her decisions.
Their are several instances where Eunice acts as the confidante for Stella. These examples would include the scenes where Stella and Stanley are arguing and when Stella is sending Blanche away.
The arguing scene would be important since Stella thinks about Eunice's marriage. She would believe that it would be normal for a New Orleans couple to argue over any situation thus making her blind to her abuse.
The final scene would also be important to Eunice as a confidante character. Since Blanche tells Stella about Stanley's rape, Stella doesn't know what to take as her decision towards Blanche. Eunice would aid Stella in making her believe that her decision was correct since she helps aid Blanche on hiding the fact that Blanche is being taken away to a mental institution. Stella is in need of a sympathetic listener and Eunice helps clear the path for Stella.
Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire. New York, 1947. Print.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SETTING:
Two contrasting places that are discussed by Williams in
A Streetcar Named Desire
are New Orleans and Belle Reve. They represent two different social classes.
-Stella and Blanche: Southern Belle’s, would be associated by the upper class, Old South, past differences
-Stanley would be associated with the not necessarily “lower” but “middle class; New South more modern.
Belle Reve (beautiful dream) is an old plantation house that can symbolize the past as well as something Blanche refuses to let go of. She clings to her past happiness and wishes to live in it bordering herself with lies. An illusion life she wishes to obtain.
New Orleans is a city in which the play takes place that contains a mixture of cultures and a chaotic tone that seems to disturb Blanche.
The significance of the setting is that, the society is heavily depended on the aftermath of WWII. The war brought an ample amount of change to American society. During the time of the war, millions of men and women joined the workforce and war effort. Women had a good taste of independence until the war ended and they had to return home as the care-takers for their families. The setting in the play illustrates the post-war tension between the sexes. Stanley is the dominant character in the play, just as he tries to have the masculine role in the home as did males had in American society before the war. Female roles much like Blanche and a little less like Stella have higher standards and want more in life than servitude; just as millions of women were when they returned home from the war.
Presented By: Marquis, Taylor, Sierra, Jefferey