How does Tennessee Williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play? List the different devices Williams uses? Explain what they tell us:. Eg . Costume Blanche’s frilly white dresses: Old fashioned Ultra feminine Faded Hypocracy – pretending to be pure
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How does Tennessee Williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play?
List the different devices Williams uses?
Explain what they tell us:
Blanche is representative of the Old South
Stanley is representative of New America (post-war)
What could we say about the Old South and New America from what we know about the characters?
You are a director looking for actors to take the roles of Stanley, Blanche, Mitch and Stella.
What physical qualities would you look for in the actor?
What dramatic qualities would they need to possess?
What do these symbolise?
Belle Reve BlancheStellaStanley
What can you say about these contrasts in the play?
White and Black (dark)Old and New
Fantasy and RealityBig and Small
Eloquent speech and ‘Rough’ speech
Long Day’s Journey into Night
Look at the opening stage directions about the house:
(up to ‘It is around 8.30...’)
What do they suggest about the family?
Now look at the descriptions of the Mary and James Tyrone:
What impressions do we have?
What contrasts are there within and between the characters?
Look at the dialogue between Tyrone and Mary
What impression do we have of their relationship?
How does Eugene O’Neill want us to feel about the characters at this stage of the play?
Can you see any problems which may be lurking, from this initial dialogue?
Now look at the entry of James and Edmund
What do O’Neill’s descriptions say about them?
How are we meant to feel about them?
Read on to p29 – she disappears through the back parlour.
What impressions are we getting of the characters?
What impressions are we getting of the relationships between them?
Read on to P35 – ‘you’re more responsible than anyone.’
What do we learn about Tyrone?
What do we learn about Jamie?
What does Jamie think about Tyrone?
Read to p37 – ‘...antagonisms could be forgotten.’
What do we learn about the boys’ lives?
What does Tyrone think of them?
What do the final stage directions of this extract suggest about the relationship between Tyrone and Jamie?
Read on to the end of the act, focusing particularly on Mary
What themes have we met in the first act?
What are the problems and issues in this family?
There are repeated mentions of fog and foghorns – what might these suggest?
From last lesson we were looking at:
Can you link the presentation to functions?
In order to answer the question, you need to have analysed these elements for both plays
In the exam, spend time doing this – planning is everything!!!
Once you have your analysis, then you can form a thesis – how are the openings similar/ how are they different?
You need to outline this briefly, as an introduction to your essay.
Then you can write your essay – use the boxes on your table as sections of your essay.
Remember your essay needs to be comparative.
How could we structure it?