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A Streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Historical background

Although Williams was working on the play during the Second World War, its setting in time (in the
years after World War Two) is of no real importance.

What is important, however, is its setting in terms of place:

America




Historical…

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However, slavery was regarded as evil by the Northern States, although the Southern States
regarded it as essential for their tobacco and cotton industries

When Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860 he promised (in a bid to keep the
Union from breaking up) that slavery would continue to be…

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Historical Background

In the play, the character of Blanche symbolises the crumbling grandeur of Southern
plantations

Stanley is the new American in the new America

He is an immigrant who believes that he too can achieve the American Dream

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