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A Streetcar named Desire The play opened on roadway in 1947 and its set in 1949 Context: Post WW2 period was dominated by revivals of classics and musicals represents a departure of the war and it’s also different from the plays from the 20s and 30s it also was different because it’s not a musical or a classic the play ends tragically is representative what at the time was an emerging new drama called realism it captured a lot of the post ww2 sentiment of anxiety that was prevalent throughout the society over time the understanding of this affected society in a unique way the uncertainty of the world is something distinguishable in streetcar it seems that these characters are trying to reconstruct their lives after the war title does allude to transition and the concept is one that helps us understand that some of these characters represent the past, some represent the present, and some represent both transitioning from the past and present Author: Tennessee Williams was drawn to the people that were considered in the margins and people who had deviated from this American expectation of what people should be like He was a homosexual man living in a society where it was illegal so he lived in that society Society marginalized him the dynamic of his home as it was dysfunctional and that was because his father was an alcoholic and did not approve if his lifestyle His sister, rose, was suffering from bipolar disorder and she was taken from their home and institutionalized in a young age His mom was on the sidelines Plot: Set in New Orleans in a late summer evening and Blanche arrives at Stella’s apartment and is Stella’s sister Stella is at the early stages of pregnancy and they live in a small apartment in a working class are in New Orleans o Evident in the description of the neighborhood (mixed community) The sisters haven’t seen each other for a while because blanche has never met Stanley the dramatic situation arises form o Class distinction (conflict between the Kowalski’s and Blanche’s family) Blanche is representative of this old world southern aristocracy. Stanley
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