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A Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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A Streetcar Named Desire Essay Thomas Lanier Williams III or better known as Tennessee Williams is the author of A Streetcar Named Desire. Along with this play he has written Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, and The Night of the Iguana, which for all plays he won awards for. He also wrote one special play dedicated to his partner; Frank Merlo called The Rose Tattoo. His college friends, due to his Southern accent and his father's background in Tennessee gave him the name Tennessee. His origins and where he comes from is reflected in the play since it is set in a Southern state and one of the main characters Blanche is from Tennessee. When he was younger Tennessee was diagnosed with diphtheria and for two years could do almost nothing, but his mother Edwina Williams encouraged him to use his mind and imagination, and when he was thirteen she bought him a typewriter. In 1918 his family moved to St. Louis Missouri. It was there that Williams won $5 for an essay published in smart set, 'Can A Good Wife Be A Good Sport' in 1927 the age of 16. A year later he published 'The Vengeance Of Nitocris' in Weird Tales. ...read more.

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The music is also used to play some scenes out. When Blanche is reminiscing about her husband's death she hears polka music, since it's sad and slow she connects with the audience. The music becomes louder at key parts for example when Stella accepts back Stanley after the beating he gave her music from the blue piano is heard getting louder and louder. In scene eight the starting of varsouviana music is beginning to be heard by Blanche, this is the first sign that she is going crazy. With the varsouviana music coming in and out of scene eight it is a sign of something sinister developing. In scene nine the varsouviana music gets louder and more frequent, and it is in this scene were only Blanche can hear the music we know this due to the fact that Mitch can't hear it. The music is always ended with a revolver shot and then stops, this is significant to how her young boyfriend Allan died which was using a revolver to commit suicide. Stella has choral chants and the blue piano whereas Blanche also can hear the piano but can also hear the varsouviana music. Lighting is used effectively for Blanche since she doesn't like strong or bright light for example when she has to cover the bright light with a paper lantern. ...read more.

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Blanche speaks quite posh and talks how she was brought up to talk. Stella adopts Stanley's language and how he talks, so she is quite angry in how she talks. Stella uses fierce language when she becomes angry 'what contemptible lies!' Stella always talks softly to Blanche and never gets angry with her but always gets angry with Stanley. Blanche uses very flirty and provocative language like when she first meets Stanley she flirts's a lot. Blanche always wants to be the centre of attention while Stella stays back and let's her, Blanche also hesitates while speaking suggesting she's not all there. When Blanche talk's she alludes things to the past like with Mitch where all she can think about is her young boyfriends death 'the boy.... the boy died'. Blanche is very well spoken and polite which is how she was brought up to be like 'May I speak plainly'. Stella uses Stanley's language, his angry emotions and speaks like a modern day American. The two sisters are very different Blanche has kept her upbringing and stays like an old Southern American whereas Stella adopts Stanley's language and actions. Tennessee makes the sisters like opposites for example Blanche doesn't like light whereas Stella does. Blanche has no changed at all but Stella has changed into a modern day American. ...read more.

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