ASND as a tragedy

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  • ASND as a tragedy
    • takes place over 5 months
      • 5 acts in classical Shakespearean tragedy
      • ASND as a one - act play
    • cathartic ending (?)
      • Blanche's metaphorical/figurative death and psychological decline permits audience to purge with emotions
        • Mexican woman 'carrying bunches of gaudy tin flowers that lower class Mexicans display at funerals'
          • 'flores para los muertos'
        • Stella 'sobs with inhuman that her sister is gone'
        • to what extent is blanche's demise self - inflicted?
          • fate versus free will
            • kissing the 'young man' characterises her as a sexual predator who needs to 'be good and keep [her] hands off children'
            • according to Aristotle there is no such thing as  an innocent victim in tragedy
          • vacillation between Blanche as victim and Blanche as a predator
      • arguably not a tragedy as the protagonist does not die thus audience withhold catharsis
        • symbolism of flowers
          • dead but not in a casket
        • Williams' instil the subversion of the classical
          • Greek tragedies typically treat social issues more personally and closer to one protagonist
      • the audience are removed from the opportunity to purge with their emotions
        • instead we witness Blanches's physical decline/demise which does not evoke the same emotions
    • fall from grace
      • Blanche's, perhaps inevitable, psychological decline personifies the Southern decadence
        • tragic hero
          • succumbs to image of a fasting southern Belle
          • Stanley also a tragic hero (and victim)
            • audience cheered during **** scene in Elia Kazan's adaption of the play
        • harmatia
          • hubris
          • woman in a male - dominated society
          • deceit
          • illusion
      • Blanche has fallen into poverty and alcoholism - aftermath of a shattered characterisation
      • fall from high to low - Belle Reve to Elysian Fields
    • elements of comedy/dark humour scattered throughout
    • Modern American Tragedy
      • play as descending into melodrama
      • the focus tends to lie on a single family unit as a microcosm of social behaviour
        • clash of Stanley and Blanche is representative of a much larger division between old and new America
      • domestic tragedy
      • refines genre - ordinary protagonist, realistic timelines and setting and multiple plots
        • Greek tragedies preserve the unities e.g. one timespan, one setting
    • madness as key tragic trope
      • alienation, entrapment and struggle between fantasy and reality
    • Vivienne Dickson highlights that ASND transforms from a romance to a tragedy and is 'mistakingly' categorised as a realist play
      • Callahan argues in 'Tennessee Williams' Two Worlds'ASND is a morality play
    • social or psychological drama?
      • Darwinian struggle between Blanche and Stanley
        • survival of the fittest
    • peripeteia - a sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances, especially in reference to fictional narrative
    • anagnorisis
      • through her endless 'hot' baths Blanche hopes to purge with her sins and emerge through a purgatory


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