A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: CONTEXT

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  • A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: CONTEXT
    • American Civil War (1861-5)
      • Slavery was being threatened by the Northern states as it was seen as evil but it was essential in the south for tobacco and cotton. So, there was racism because of this
        • BLANCHE'S TREATMENT OF EUNICE? THE GRAPE?
      • The North eventually won over the South and slavery was abolished in 1865 however segregation wasn't
        • CONFLICT BETWEEN STANLEY AND BLANCHE AS THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH?
      • The changes were primarily economic however is often romanticised by writers- 'Gone With The Wind' by Margaret Mitchell/ A type of Southern literature rose called 'The Mississippi School' in 20th century where decay was symbolised by the fading beauty of the planters' mansion
        • BELLE REVE? BLANCHE AND THE METAPHOR OF THE MOTH?
        • "I wrote out of love for the South ... once a way of life that I am just old enough to remember - not a society based on money.." (Tennessee Williams)
    • Homosexuality
      • In 1924, Henry Gerber and six other men in Chicago found the Society for Human Rights,the United States' first known gay-rights organization
        • WILLIAMS CHOSE TO IGNORE THIS SORT OF POLITICAL MOVEMENTS IN HIS PLAYS
      • Illegal for most part of Williams' life but tolerated in places such as New Orleans and Florida
        • POSSIBLY WHY HE DID NOT WANT TO GIVE ATTENTION TO THIS?
      • "I am not about to limit myself to writing about gay people" (Williams) he wanted to write about social issues rather
        • CHARACTER OF ALAN- BLANCHE COULD HAVE FOUND HIM IN BED WITH A WOMAN BUT THAT WOULD LESSEN THE EFFECT- CONDEMNATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY?
    • Modern connections
      • Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' and 'A View From The Bridge'- the mental disturbance of girls who have been convinced that local people are consorting with the devil. The theme of loyalty and betrayal is present in the latter- political motives are involved in MIller's plays though
        • THE DECISION STELLA HAS TO MAKE BETWEEN STANLEY AND BLANCHE
      • 'One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' by Ken Kesey shows a man, McMurphy, entering a mental hospital and meddles with the dominant Nurse Ratched
        • STANLEY AND MCMURPHY EXUDE ANIMALISTIC AND SEXUAL ENERGY WHILST BLANCHE AND NURSE RATCHED ATTEMPT TO CONTROL MEN
    • European Influences
      • 'Miss Julie' (1888) by August Strindberg had class antagonism with sexual tension involving a lower class male pulling a upper class female down the social tower
        • STANLEY'S EFFECT ON STELLA?
      • 'The Cherry Orchard' (1904) by Anton Chekhov involved Madame Ranevskaya and her lavish existence based on the labour of others which is criticised by Lopakhin, a blustering merchant
        • BELLE REVE AND BLANCHE'S RICHES/ STANLEY CALLS HER "THE QUEEN OF THE NILE" SARCASTICALLY?
      • 'A Doll's House' (1879), 'Hedda Gabler' (1890) and many other plays by Ibsen were focused on one compelling central protagonist
        • BLANCHE AS THE MAIN THREE DIMENSIONAL CHARACTER?

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