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PageAP English: Literature and CompositionName:Major Works Data Sheet: Do not cut/paste from a website, which is a form of plagiarism.Title:A Streetcar Named DesireBiographical information about the author:Author:Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi on March 26, 1911. Born as the middlechild and raised by his mother in a rural area (Columbus), Williams had an unstable relationshipwith his father, which turned him to become reserved and started to write. Despite his disapproval towards his unsteady family situation, Williams integrated his personal experience into a basis of his work. For example, his mother becamethe muse for the character Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, while his father was “Big Daddy” from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 1929, Williams was admitted into the University of Missouri to study journalism, where he met his college girlfriend that was also attending the college. When Williams’ estranged father was aware of Williams’ personal affairs, Williams turned away from college and turned to his writingonce more. After college, Williams moved to New Orleans and completely changed his personality and outlook. While living in New Orleans, he was inspired to write the play A Street Car Named Desire. His newfound success of the play landed him an agent and became a sought out writer. His other successful works are Battle of Angels, Orpheus Descending, Camino Real, and more. Date of Original Publication:1946Genre:Southern GothicHistorical information about the period of publication or setting of the novel:During the publication period of A Streetcar Named Desire, the U.S. was in the process of ending WW2. However, Williams did not mention the war or make any significant references towards the historical event. When the play was published, the country had just emerged from the war after battling through the Great Depression of the 1930’s, and suddenly, the national spotlight focused on the middle and lower classes as thetrue bearers of the heroic American spirit. Young men who had served in the war returned to their families andwere ready to settle down with their family. Williams slightly references this concept when introducing Stanley. Stanley is introduced as a solder that had comeback home as a decorated soldier, and after he proved his masculinity on the battlefield, he’s ready to assert his manhood within his home. Characteristics of the genre:The play A Streetcar Named Desire had different elements of realism throughout the scenes. There’s magical realism, which is evident during the scenes in which Blanche imagines shadows on the wall, the creepy polka music that is played in her head, and the echoing voices. There is also social realism, as the play touches on topics such as gender roles and the power plays between the man and wife. Also, since it is a play, all the scenes are demonstrated through dialogue and action between Blanche, Stella and Stanley.

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