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Drama Essay 2 - Chris Pasquariello Andrea Leslie Drama...

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Chris Pasquariello Andrea Leslie Drama 1051-40; Essay 2 March 25, 2010 Critics search for ways to connect characters in literature to their creators. They often compare the personalities of different characters and their relationships with one another in order to find parallels to the author. In “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Tennessee Williams brings to life controversial characters with strong opposing conflicts. W. Scott Griffies explores the psychoanalytic symbolism of Williams’ play in his article “A Streetcar Named Desire and Tennessee Williams’ Object-Relational Conflicts”. Griffies attempts to “derive a psychodynamic understanding of some of Tennessee Williams compulsive behaviors and fixations by using “A Streetcar Named Desire” as a symbolic representation of his core object relational conflicts”(Griffies 125). Griffies opens his article with a broad generalization of art. Griffies believes “Art, as a symbolic expression, often reflects intrapsychic conflicts within the artist” (Griffies 110). He concludes that Williams’ consistent themes of
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loneliness, disconnectedness, and victimization infer Williams experience with such emotional conflicts. Although his statement toward symbolic interpretation is true to an extent, he holds a high literal perception of the characters in “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Williams himself points out his work has “no relationship to the actual events in [his] life, but reflects the emotional currents of [his] life” (Griffies 112). Griffies has delivered his theory of the dynamic characters as a mirror image of Williams’ life. However, the truth is that fictional
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