Comparison of The World's Wife and A Streetcar Named Desire

Comparison of themes between the two texts.

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    • Gender
      • Male
        • Stanley
          • Hegemonic, manual labour, dominant, breadwinner, abusive, traditional values
        • Tiresias
          • Stereotypical middle class man. arrogant, 'manflu',
      • Female
        • Blanche
          • Vain and cares about appearance greatly. Appears to have feminine ideals towards men
        • Stella
          • Stereotypical wife, does what her husband says
        • Devil's Wife
          • Not maternal, cares a little about appearance
        • Mrs Icarus
          • Judgemental, better than him. Other women feel the same
        • Demeter
          • Maternal ideals
        • Mrs Beast
          • Against hegemonic femininity.
      • Dependence on men
        • Blanche
          • Finds security in men
        • Stella
          • Wont leave Stanley who abuses her. Context
        • Tiresias
          • 'on the arms of powerful men'
        • Queen Herod
          • Appears to be a strong and maternal female not dependent however gets the men to do the work for her
    • Death
      • Allan Grey
        • Committed suicide. His death haunts Blanche
      • Mitch
        • His dying mother dictates his life
      • Little red cap
        • Wolf eating bird symbolises death of innocence
      • Eurydice
        • Death is an escape from being harassed by Orpheus
      • Queen Herod
        • She was willing to kill many to save her child
      • Anne Hathaway
        • Poem about the celebration of a husband's life
    • Sexuality
      • Blanche
        • Blanche appears to have traditional ideals but has slept with many men
      • Stanley
        • Uses his masculinity over Stella and Blanche, Abuse and rape
      • Little Red Cap
        • 'Wolf' takes her virginity. She has to give herself to him to learn from his words
      • Allan Grey
        • Blanche's husband. He was gay and found by Blanche with another man
      • Mitch
        • Attempts several sexual advances on Blanche. Forces himself upon her when he finds out about her past
      • Anne Hathaway
        • Shows a positive light on heterosexual sexuality. Words a way of showing love and passion
    • Insanity
      • Mrs Quasimodo
        • Begins structured and composed, ends with her destroying the bells
      • Blanche
        • Her reality is obviously different from actual reality. Sent away because of her insanity
      • Stella
        • Staying with a man that hits her
      • Devil's Wife
        • Murderer, sections become more sketchy like her mind
  • Hegemonic, manual labour, dominant, breadwinner, abusive, traditional values
  • Mitch
    • Male
      • Stanley
        • Tiresias
          • Stereotypical middle class man. arrogant, 'manflu',
      • Mother obsession, emotional, gentleman, kind
    • Death
      • Allan Grey
        • Committed suicide. His death haunts Blanche
      • Mitch
        • His dying mother dictates his life
      • Little red cap
        • Wolf eating bird symbolises death of innocence
      • Eurydice
        • Death is an escape from being harassed by Orpheus
      • Queen Herod
        • She was willing to kill many to save her child
      • Anne Hathaway
        • Poem about the celebration of a husband's life

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