Past Vs Present. A Streetcar Named Desire. Tennessee Williams. Conflict between values of old world and the new. Contrast between Stanley and Blanche Represent different aspects of American society!. Stanley represents the American dream – that all men are
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Stanley represents the American dream – that all men are
born equal and can succeed equally. He is associated with the
world of stark reality, rooted in the present.
Blanche represents the old world, where class and race were important issues.
She is associated with a fantasy world, rooted in the past.
associated with a landed elite in elegant houses
For Tennessee Williams the South stood for strong
cultural values whilst the North was greedy and sordid
Little reference to WW2 – Williams was more affected by American Civil War
Old America is seen as a beautiful dream in Blanche’s mind
- in reality it is based on racism and prejudice.
represents the faded grandeur of the American past
Already a ghost!
Stanley is associated with the present.
New Orleans is associated with:
Involvement in WW2 led to
Economic boom, rise in immigrants
and a mix in classes
Immigrant in New Orleans
strips away the illusions
embedded in the past
Conflict between values of old world and the new!
Hypocrisy of old America
Vulgarity of new America
Unborn baby gives hope to darkness of the play
- mixture of Stanley and Stella
The climax comes when the character
is forced to confront
both past and present simultaneously!
Essence of the character