Gender Roles In A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most successful plays written by the celebrated American playwright Tennessee Williams. It was first performed in New York, New York on December 3, 1947 at the Barrymore Theatre. The setting of the play is in and around a corner building in New Orleans, Louisiana named Elysian Fields. The main characters are Blanche Dubois, a talkative and seemingly prim and proper lady; Stella Kowalski, the laid back and more casual younger sister of Blanche’s; and Stanley Kowalski, the masculine, hard drinking husband to Stella. The major conflict of the play is the conflict that grows between Blanche and Stanley throughout the play. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams gives examples
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Obviously a bit of family drama is going on between these two sisters. The gender roles between men and women are also highlighted by A Streetcar Named Desire. The …show more content…
In A Streetcar Named Desire, I was personally challenged by the exposition of the characters motives. Blanche and Stanley are both motivated by hidden agendas and, while this can be said about many plays, A Streetcar Named Desire is a play that could certainly be happening in the real world even as I type this paper. I suppose it personally challenged me to think more about what people I meet are really after. I think the spine of the play was the theme of dominance or control of the women and the weak by strong and violent men such as Stanley. I am not sure if A Streetcar Named Desire would have been controversial in its time. As far as women’s roles are concerned I think most women of the day could relate to Stella and Blanche’s situation although great strides had been taken by 1947 with the Suffrage Movement of the 1920’s and the independent flapper girls of the 20’s and 30’s. The only scene I could see as being controversial was the rape of Blanche by Stanley. I suppose that would depend on the presentation of the scene at the

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