English Literature- A Streetcar Named Desire

When was it written? When was Williams around?
Written 1947- he was around 1911-1983
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What did Eila Kazan say?
'Everything in his life is his plays and everything in his plays is his life'
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What did Williams suffer from?
Drugs addition, sexual identity and drink
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What distinguishes a play from a prose?
Use of stage directions in a play, prose the text is narrative, the layout of a dialogue, performance: staging, set, lights, music
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What is the Epigraph- what does it show?
Love is personified in the epigraph by Hart Crane
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What is the Scarlet Woman- Revelation 17?
Characters and images are both real and symbolic- Blanche is described like her
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What is historical context?
There is very little mention of the war, postural period was a time of change, playwrights were crucial in exploring changes to national identity
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What is the social context?
Women in the South had a social and symbolic role
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What is the cultural/political context?
Tenesse saw the south as a broken and damaged place full of decay
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What is the art and culture like in the French quarters?
The play can be seen as a thriving, exuberant atmosphere
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What ways does Blanche feel like an 'other'?
Class othernesss, internally
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When did the term teenager come about?
Post-war 1950s
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What are key themes in Streetcar?
Sexuality, class, deceit/deception, decay, betrayal, insanity, gender, guilt and identity
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What are the themes of 'otherness'?
Sexuality, gender, class, race, age and religion
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What did Eila Kazan say?

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'Everything in his life is his plays and everything in his plays is his life'

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What did Williams suffer from?

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What distinguishes a play from a prose?

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What is the Epigraph- what does it show?

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