A Streetcar Named Desire - Context

  • Created by: Amleth
  • Created on: 22-05-18 19:32
Published
1947
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Family background
1937 - sister lobotomised / homosexual / depression / mother abused by alcoholic father
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Civil War
Southern con states lost it in - 1865. Slavery abolished, wealthy families declined.
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Old vs New South
Blanche = Old - refined taste and dislike of vulgarity. Stanley = New - sexual freedom and industrialisation.
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New Orleans
Know to be relaxed - heightens drama - Culturally diverse - especially French Quarter - all race lived. Previously housed by French colonists, now the embodiment of new America. Legal system favours Napoleonic code, from days of French rule.
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American values
USA prided self on open arms to immigrants, yet Blanche calls Stanley a 'Polack'. Stanley displays typical overt American pride - feels he is all American, living the American dream.
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Masculine vs Feminine
Structure of workforce change drastically - included women and different races - men felt emasculated by their freedom. Proving masculinity in war, Stanley asserts it at home. Excess masculine bravado one that filled America after war, following vic
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Masculine vs feminine con
All females display dependence on men - Blanche needing validation / Stella financial - social support / Eunice taking abuse and reinforcing Stella's decision. Their fate is in the hands of men.
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Feminism
Feminist movement put on hold due to Great Depression, during war, women experienced workplace liberation.
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Family background

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1937 - sister lobotomised / homosexual / depression / mother abused by alcoholic father

Card 3

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Civil War

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Card 4

Front

Old vs New South

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Card 5

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New Orleans

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