Streetcar Named Desire Context

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  • Streetcar Named Desire Context
    • homosexualit-y
      • Williams' father called him "miss Nancy" (means sissy)
      • Williams' work is also influenced by Hart Crane who killed himself in 1932
      • Homosexuality was illegal but tolerated in some areas e.g. New Orleans
      • Christopher Isherwood, says Williams' hated being gay
      • psychic drives of Eros (sex and love) and Thanatos (death) symbolized by the streetcars 'Desire' and 'cemeteries'.
        • New Orleans & setting
          • nicknamed, 'The City that care forgot' in relation to its diversity.
          • Homosexuality was illegal but tolerated in some areas e.g. New Orleans
          • Set in an apartment in the French Quarter (AKA Vieux Carre) of the city of New Orleans, state Louisiana.
          • Lies between Mississippi river and L&N railway track (poor area)
          • Elysian Fields (the street) is from Greek mythology, an area of the underworld reserved for dead heroes.
          • 1938 Williams moved to New Orleans
          • famous for Jazz and multiculturalism, reputaation for excess sexual freedom
    • mental illness
      • his other plays, 'Suddenly last Summer'
        • mother wants daughter to have lobotomy to stop her 'babbling' about the death of her son and the fact he was a homosexual. Doctor instead gives her a truth serum.
        • homosexualit-y
          • Williams' father called him "miss Nancy" (means sissy)
          • Williams' work is also influenced by Hart Crane who killed himself in 1932
          • Christopher Isherwood, says Williams' hated being gay
          • psychic drives of Eros (sex and love) and Thanatos (death) symbolized by the streetcars 'Desire' and 'cemeteries'.
            • New Orleans & setting
              • nicknamed, 'The City that care forgot' in relation to its diversity.
              • Set in an apartment in the French Quarter (AKA Vieux Carre) of the city of New Orleans, state Louisiana.
              • Lies between Mississippi river and L&N railway track (poor area)
              • Elysian Fields (the street) is from Greek mythology, an area of the underworld reserved for dead heroes.
              • 1938 Williams moved to New Orleans
              • famous for Jazz and multiculturalism, reputaation for excess sexual freedom
      • not discussed
      • Williams' sister, Rose, who had received a minor lobotomy and spent the remaining years of her life in a instituion
      • Blanche inspired by Williams' own mother, who was overpowering, had hysterical attacks, pretentious attempt at Southern refinement and her incessant talking.
      • In 1931 Williams had a nervous breakdown from his suffering with depression and he resorted to heavy drinking.
    • alcoholism
      • Williams' dependence on it within the 1960s, a intoxicant to escape reality as Blanche does.
      • Williams' own father, C.C Williams, who was a travelling salesman for a Shoe Company, and had excessive accounts of drinking.
    • women
      • Williams' influenced by D.H. Lawrence, who wrote about the  dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation
      • Williams published 'I rise in flame, Cried in the Phoenix' that followed the story of a man who wanted to impregnate all women--treatment like objects.
    • masculinity
      • Williams' own father, C.C Williams, who was a travelling salesman for a Shoe Company, and had excessive accounts of drinking.
      • 18 Williams father forced him to work at a shoe factory where he met a 'Stanley Kowalski'.
    • the old south
      • Blanche inspired by Williams' own mother, who was overpowering, had hysterical attacks, pretentious attempt at Southern refinement and her incessant talking.
      • Civil Southern literature thrived on nostalgia for the past. Regional patriotism.
      • Romanticism of the South continued into the 20th century, boosted by Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel gone with the wind, and the successful 1939 film.
      • Parallels between the plantation of Belle Reve and the household of Madame Ranevskaya in Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard  1904. Both and doomed and their extravagant existence is based on the labor of others but they both have a romantic appeal.
    • play's title
      • 'The Moth'
      • 'Blanche's chair in the moon'
        • he had in his mind of a young woman sitting in a chair in the moonlight waiting for a lover who never comes.
      • 'The Poker night'
    • Society
      • 'Lament for the Moths' was written by Tenessee Williams before he wrote Streetcar, it explores how society takes advantage of the vulnerable

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