drama 11-22 - the future Tragic fall out outweighs the...

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“Mendacity is a system that we live in” - Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) Streetcar Named Desire: Scene 8 (conflict Blanche is bringing to the household) American Drama: Playwriting and theatre practice Naturalism and its variants Family plays American identity and the American Dream Core American Beliefs/Myths - self determination - individualism - self invention: identity show down between past and present, can we still have faith in traditional ideas or if something in the post-war context has discredited these ideas sex drive has been corrupted in Blanche, but considers herself a Southern Bell even though her behavior has contradicted this Stanley tries to master sister in law, but almost looses Stella again where will the couple go in
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Unformatted text preview: the future? Tragic fall out outweighs the comic part, think about what’s lost in the victory Williams tries to tear away the false illusions of American society Tragedy in the Common Man “Tragedy is the consequence of a man’s total compulsion to evaluate himself justly” Arthur Miller 1949 Williams Dramaturgy: American Modernism-naturalism combined with alternate styles-plots frome inner and social conflicts between ideal and real-privileges character and psychological revelation-sensitivity vs. corruption in modern world-symbolic settings, objects, production elements-focus: recognition of and compassion for human dignity...
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