A Streetcar Named Desire, Themes

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A Streetcar Named Desire, Themes

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A Streetcar Named Desire:

A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

Outline of This Session :

Major Themes in the Play The old south and the new south Cruelty The primitive and the primal Desire Loneliness Romance vs. Realism Outline of This Session

Fantasy/ Illusion:

Fantasy/ Illusion

Fantasy/ Illusion:

Blanche / Illusion Fantasy / Liberating magic / Fantasy is her primary means of self- d efense Blanche's dependence on illusion is contrasted with Stanley's steadfast realism Fantasy/ Illusion

The old south:

The old south

The new south:

T he new south

The old south and the new south:

Stella and Blanche come from a world that is rapidly dying Two sisters are the last living members of their family Old South and General Sherman's army The old south can only live on in a diluted, bastardized form The old south and the new south

The primitive and the primal:

Blanche's comments Stanely as primitive. Stanely is a representative of unrefined manhood Stanely's unrefined nature also includes a terrifying amorality. Blanche finds Stanley's primitivism so threating because it is something she sees and hides within her The primitive and the primal

Desire:

Desire

Desire:

Desire is the central theme of the play Blanche seeks to deny it Desire, is her driving motivations. Her desire becomes the cause o f her driving out of town Desire is also Blanche’s undoing Desire

Loneliness:

Loneliness

Loneliness:

The companion theme to desire is loneliness Blanche is lost among these two She seeks companionship and protection in the arms of strangers Blanch never recovers from her tragic and consuming love of her first husband She needs a defender. Loneliness

Romance:

Romance

Romance:

Romance

Realism:

Realism

Romance VS Realism / Desire VS Cemeteries:

The fundamental tension of the play is romance and realism There is a parallel between lust and death Blanche, the romantic and S tanley the realist Blanche’s previous sexual encounters are tangled up with death Blanche / Streetcars named desire and cemeteries / symbolize run together to Blanche's final Destination Romance VS Realism / Desire VS Cemeteries

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