• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How do Arthur Miller and Tenessee Williams explore the blurring of reality and fantasy within the plays A Streetcar Named Desire and All My Sons?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How do Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams explore the blurring of fantasy and reality within the plays "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "All My Sons"? The blurring of fantasy and reality within "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "All my Sons" arguably provides an essential aspect towards the overall message and morality within each of the plays, of which the author deliberately determines the reader to explore. I will explore this meaning and also determine to what extent these are of importance and the effects they have on the features, characters, setting and other aspects within the plays, both American literate. Tennessee Williams had several inspirations before writing the play, one of them being novelist D.H. Lawrence, who debatably offered Williams a depiction of the concept of sexuality; becoming one of the key perceptions within the play. Another found to be influential upon Tennessee Williams was the American poet Hart Crane, despite his distaste for other young American literate play-writers. Crane had a seemingly disastrous life and death after displaying his open homosexuality and determination to create poetry that was unique and individual; that fails to follow in the footsteps of many other European writers, perhaps contributing to the main themes. ...read more.

Middle

Miller portrays this differing from Williams, and is rather unique in All My Sons as Kate holds a practical set of values to surround herself with the dream of perfect family life, which can only stand because of the view she upholds about Larry Keller; that his physical form is still in existence. Whilst the final scene is arising, Kate is still cheery and the atmosphere is slightly uplifted due to her presence, e.g. "Listen, to hell with the restaurant! I got a ham in the icebox, and frozen strawberries, and avocados", all of which are symbols of happiness and pleasure; still portraying the veneer she and Joe live within. She also uses another story that has famously arisen in the papers and she uses that story to prolong her perceiving of her perfect life and to compare with her own; "There was half a page about a man missing even longer than Larry, and he turned up from Burma." Noticeably, Miller also displays this view through the character of Joe Keller. When Kate informs him that Chris may be angered when he realises Joe's past actions, he is surprised and says "He would forgive me! ...read more.

Conclusion

Arguably, Joe in his own mind, is acting on the 'right' thing based upon his values. The setting also displays the fine line between fantasy and reality within each of the plays. Williams achieves this by firstly lining the flats upon one another, showing a reflection of Stanley and Stella's relationship, which could relate to the fantasy aspect of both of their relationships in which the foundation relies upon desire. New Orleans contrast with Belle Reve displays that Blanche's past is unrecoverable and because of the exact opposition between the two settings, this highlights her fantasy lifestyle; "They mustn't have understood - what number I wanted..." Miller also demonstrates this theme through the original setting, as highlighted by a critic named Graham J. Northrup, stating that the original set included "'tall planted poplars'... which created a secluded atmosphere.' The physical separation from their neighbours is the echo of Joe and Kate's desire to hide the truth of their actions from the community." The setting is also to displays the focus of deluding others to succumb and believe their veneer of the idealistic perfect lifestyle; the status Joe attempts to gain within the community. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katherine Iliff Candidate number: 4102 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    These ideas heighten Hana's own position in the world and in her mind. If the English patient is great and noble, a saint of suffering, then her status is elevated in her caring for him. Study Questions and Essay Topics How is the theme of nationality and nationhood expressed in the novel?

  2. Analyse the ways in which Shakespeare uses dramatic conventions in his plays and why ...

    It follows the same type of plot. The title of this scene is "The Orchard" there is imagery to the story of the Garden of Eden, were deception is also a main theme as well .When the audience see the start of the scene they can guess what is going to happen this is known as foreshadowing.

  1. Women in Dracula, A Street Car Named Desire and Birthday Letters

    However we can see the power that Plath had on Hughes due to the high impact that Sylvia's suicide had on his poetry - 'Years after your death'4. Plath's downfall doesn't seem to be due to her position as a women it is presented within the opposite, she is a traditional women and this causes her problems.

  2. Faulks and Wolfe present the perpetual desire and greed, imperatives which have driven characters ...

    Faulks' main focus is on the Islamic fundamentalist; Hassan. Whilst having a wealthy background, Hassan finds consolation in his religion. His wealth is what sets him apart from others, recognising this from an early age, and was apprehensive about being picked on for this and his parents' religion.

  1. Compare the ways in which Larkin and Duffy present the reality of love.

    There is, however, some use of irony in this line as well, as the phrases ?still promising? and ?in order? , which are supposed to reflect the idealistic nature of an all-powerful love, instead emphasise how the feelings of love fail to live up to its promises ?to solve, and satisfy?.

  2. Explore the corruption of morality and its consequences within the texts of Othello, The ...

    has and quite a literal one ? without Desdemona in his life, he would fall apart and throughout the play when Othello seems to trust her less and less, it is quite visible to the audience that his mind seems to implode and fly into disparity.

  1. How do the writers present sexuality and gender in Tales Of Ovid, Streetcar Named ...

    Social upheaval was also explicit at the beginning of the 20th century. Two World Wars had, temporarily, shifted the gender power balance with women filling vacant male roles only for these to be reassumed in the 50?s. William? Streetcar is an astute depiction of the continual metamorphosis gender roles were

  2. History is a kind of story-telling. Compare and contrast the ways in which Friel ...

    Lombard remarks that ?now is the time for a hero?, and suggests that ?that?s the stuff of another history for another time? when referring to the true depiction of O?Neill?s character. This is reflective of the late 1500s which saw ideological struggles between the Catholic Church and Protestant Reformism.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work