Essay on A Streetcar Named Desire, By Oscar Wilde

1767 Words Mar 29th, 2016 8 Pages
In theatre, repetition often insinuates value. The reiteration of certain ideas, actions or objects in drama is never coincidental, but rather symbolizes a motif that links with the theme of the play. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams presents Blanche Dubois, the embodiment of a typical Southern Belle: dainty, vain, and very feminine. After moving in with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley, Blanche finds herself caught in a spiral of alcoholism and stupor. The fallen and faded belle is prone to her frequent haunting memories and fantasy-like state-of-mind. While Williams utilizes repetition to represent chronic flashbacks that injure Blanche’s state of mind, Oscar Wilde uses repetition to satirize and condemn Victorian marriage customs and the hypocrisy of a society engrossed by appearances in The Importance of Being Earnest. In his play, Wilde creates the character Jack Worthing, a man of the country as well as the city, who is caught in the middle of the accidental collision of his two worlds. Whereas Williams targets one person to project repetitive actions, Wilde creates an entire cast that makes use of the ritual, for satiric purposes.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche creates new rituals in order to erase others. She is a woman haunted by her memories, represented by the sound effects that Williams cleverly chooses to embody a “ghost” of her late husband, Allen. These recurrent sound effects create the dramatic drive in his work. The most…

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