Presentation on theme: "A Streetcar Named Desire"— Presentation transcript:
1A Streetcar Named Desire Past Vs PresentA Streetcar Named DesireTennessee Williams
2Conflict between values of old world and the new Contrast between Stanley and BlancheRepresent different aspects of American society!Stanley represents the American dream – that all men areborn equal and can succeed equally. He is associated with theworld of stark reality, rooted in the present.conflictBlanche represents the old world, where class and race were important issues.She is associated with a fantasy world, rooted in the past.
3The South associated with a landed elite in elegant houses For Tennessee Williams the South stood for strongcultural values whilst the North was greedy and sordidLittle reference to WW2 – Williams was more affected by American Civil War
4Belle Reve Associated with: Past Death False illusion of pastoral beautyOld America is seen as a beautiful dream in Blanche’s mind- in reality it is based on racism and prejudice.
5Blanche represents the faded grandeur of the American past Already a ghost!White clothesFear of lightDetachment of reality
6The present Stanley is associated with the present. Stark realityStanley is associated with the present.New Orleans is associated with:ModernMixedOpen/frankSexuality/relationshipsInvolvement in WW2 led toEconomic boom, rise in immigrantsand a mix in classesPrivileged/plantation (past)V’sImmigrant in New Orleans
7Stanley strips away the illusions embedded in the past Conflict between values of old world and the new!Hypocrisy of old AmericaVsVulgarity of new AmericaUnborn baby gives hope to darkness of the play- mixture of Stanley and Stella
9ClimaxTennessee Williams was influenced by European culture increases dramatic tension through revealing to the audience the degree to which the character’s self image is pretence.The climax comes when the characteris forced to confrontboth past and present simultaneously!Essence of the characteris disclosed