A Streetcar Named Desire by Rosemary O'Shea Summary
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The Character of Blanche DuBois in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Melanie Skiba Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, Catholic University Eichstatt-Ingolstadt (Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultat), language: English, abstract: A Streetcar Named Desire is a lyrical drama about the decline and fall of Blanche DuBois." (Londre, 1979: 78). In this quotation Felicia Hardison Londre indicates that both the character and the inner development of the protagonist Blanche are the focus of attention in "A Streetcar Named Desire." At first glance, Blanche DuBois may seem superficial, even a bit ridiculous on account of the importance she attributes to her looks and to her former social status. However, in my way of thinking, the protagonist's behaviour is in a certain way symptomatic of society itself, even of humanity as a whole. That may be why "Walcott Gibbs referred to A Streetcar Named Desire as 'a brilliant impacable play about the disintegration of a woman, or if you like, of a society.'" (Nelson 1961: 121). Therefore, I consider it crucial to allow insight into the multiple facets of Blanche's personality. All the same, before approaching the caracterization, it is in my opinion necessary to provide you with some basic information about the writer of the play and its contents."
Reality and Illusion in Tennessee Williams' Âa Streetcar Named Desire by Ilona Sontag Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, RWTH Aachen University (Institut fur Anglistik I), course: Hauptseminar "American Drama," language: English, abstract: Tennessee Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams, is not only known for being a "talented, perceptive and influential American playwright" (Day 1987, vii), but also for his frequent use of symbols. "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947), the work which will be dealt with in this paper, is a good example for of usage, since it contains a lot of different kinds of symbolism, for example concerning colours, names, music and many more. Numerous works will be found, if anyone searches for essays about symbolism in Williams' works. Moreover, it is common knowledge that Streetcar is a play which deals not only superficially with a woman going insane, but a play which "bring s] into violent contrast a neurotic woman's dream world and the animalistic realism of her brother-in-law" (back of the book in the Diesterweg edition). But since there does not seem to be any work which deals with the question of how exactly Williams drew this contrast by use of symbolism, it will be my aim in this paper to analyse this question. Consequently, I will try to point out the main symbols with which Williams underlined the contrast between realism and illusion, especially considering names, colours, clothes, light, music and certain rituals of the main characters. In the second part of this paper, I will deal with the question to what degree the main characters Stanley and Blanche are strictly opposed to each other or may have something in common. I will also deal with the meaning of the ending concerning realism and illusion. Therefore, what will be discussed are the most striking antinomies and similes in the main characters' attitudes. A general conclusion about the topic of symbolism in Tennessee Williams' Streetcar will be given in the end. To introduce the reader to the topic an"
Differences Between the Play and the Film Adaptation of 'a Streetcar Named Desire' Concerning Censorship and Setting by Anonym Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,0, University of Salzburg, language: English, abstract: This paper focuses on the main differences between the play and the film adaption of A Streetcar Named Desire concerning censorship and setting.
A Study Guide for Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary
A Study Guide for Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams by Claude Coulon Summary
The Glass Menagerie avait apporté à son auteur une gloire nationale, A Streetcar Named Desire lui donna une renommée universelle. Tennessee Williams devint alors, et pour une vingtaine d'années, le plus grand dramaturge américain vivant, peut-être le plus grand simplement. La présence de Streetcar au programme des concours doit susciter une relecture en profondeur de cette pièce et en favoriser une réévaluation. Car cette oeuvre est une merveille de précision dont aucun élément n'apparaît comme gratuit ou superflu. Elle illustre aussi parfaitement l'univers de son créateur et, dès son entrée en scène, Blanche DuBois a partout conquis l'attention et le coeur du public qui a reconnu en elle l'incarnation tragique du Vieux Sud emporté par le vent, et l'héritière contemporaine des héroïnes raciniennes. Vivien Leigh, dans le film de Kazan, contribua à la rendre inoubliable. Tennessee Williams qui, aux États-Unis, a désormais sa place parmi les classiques, reste en France un glorieux inconnu. Puisse ce livre contribuer à le faire aimer. Claude COULON est maître de conférences à l'université Paris IV-Sorbonne. Président du RADAC (Recherches sur les Arts Dramatiques Anglophones Contemporains), membre du bureau de la Société d'histoire du théâtre, il a traduit et mis en scène des pièces du répertoire américain (dont Tennessee Williams) en France. Cet ouvrage est le fruit de la collaboration entre les éditions Armand Colin, et le Centre National d'Enseignement à Distance, établissement public d'enseignement qui dispense des formations de tous niveaux à plus de 350 000 inscrits répartis dans le monde entier. Cette contribution scientifique d'enseignants chercheurs de l'Université française s'intègre dans les préparations assurées par le CNED aux CAPES et aux agrégations d'anglais qui comprennent aussi des conseils méthodologiques et des entraînements aux épreuves des concours avec correction personnalisée. Les très riches heures du théâtre américain. De Tom à Tennessee. Les structures de Streetcar. Les personnages. Art et technique. Tragique et tragédie. De la scène à l'écran.
Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire by Annette Davison Summary
This film score handbook provides a detailed analysis of Alex North's astounding score for Elia Kazan's 1951 adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. Beginning with a review of North's musical training and film scoring techniques, the book then uses approaches from both musicology and film studies to present a comprehensive exploration of the film's (self-)censorship and its impact on North's music, most notably in the film's infamous staircase scene.
The Role Of Sexuality in Tennessee Williams ́ "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Kira Wieler Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Wuppertal, course: American Literature, language: English, abstract: 1. In the play "A Streetcar Named Desire", written by Tennessee Williams, the protagonist Blanche DuBois comes to New Orleans to visit her sister Stella, who is married to the Pole Stanley Kowalski. Blanche ́s life has collapsed after the suicide of her husband Allan and the loss of the family estate Belle Reve. Blanche is not able to have a sexual relationship anymore and cannot understand the sexual connection between Stella and Stanley. She begins a romance with Mitch, one of Stanley ́s friends, but only with the aim of marrying him. But when he gets to know that she had affairs with strangers and with one of her students in the past, he is not willing to marry her anymore. At the end of the play, Blanche is raped by Stanley which leads to Blanche ́s final psychic collapse.
The Reception of the American Dream in Tennessee Williams' Play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and Arthur Miller's Play 'Death of a Salesman' by Jessica Schweke Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Kurs '20th Century American Drama', 11 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This paper presents the perception of the idea of the American Dream in the two plays A Streetcar Named Desire from 1947 by Tennessee Williams and Death of a Salesman, written in 1949 by Arthur Miller. To find a suitable definition of the American Dream I mainly oriented my analysis around the works of America's founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin as well as Hector St. John de Crevecoeur, John Winthrop and James Truslow Adams. Based on these texts I transferred these factors on the plays by Williams and Miller and searched for differences and similarities. The following text will therefore be concerned firstly with a definition of the term 'American Dream' and the conversion of these notions in the characters Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' drama A Streetcar Named Desire and in Willy Loman as well as his sons Biff and Happy in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman."
A Streetcar Named Desire: the symbolic meaning of names, setting and colors by Anna Borsum Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1, Technical University of Braunschweig, course: Proseminar, language: English, abstract: This paper deals with the symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. In this context, I will take a closer look at the different forms of symbolism. One major part of this paper is the meaning of the different characters in the play. Blanche, Stella and Stanley are the most important characters. Therefore I will analyze their symbolic function regarding to their character in general, their names and colors. Not only the characters carry a symbolic meaning, but also the different places mentioned in the play. The city of New Orleans is the larger setting of the action. I will analyze the meaning of the Elysian Fields, of Belle Reve and of New Orleans in general.
The Glass Menagerie and a Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams,George Ehrenhaft Summary
A guide to reading "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.