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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:. 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

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

  • Stanley’s clothing:

  • Modern

  • Plain – what you see is what you get

  • Masculine


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

Symbolism:

What do these symbolise?

Belle Reve BlancheStellaStanley

BathingAlcoholBright lightPaper

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


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

Read on to the end of the act, focusing particularly on Mary

  • What do we learn about her life?

  • How does she feel about Tyrone?

  • What issues have been raised?

  • Find one line (spoken by Mary) which sums up the problems in the family at the moment.


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

  • Essay Question:

  • Compare the presentation and functions of the openings of Streetcar and Long Day’s Journey.

  • When you plan your essay, look for similarities and differences.

  • Consider:

  • What are the functions of the openings?

  • How do the writers fulfil these functions?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

From last lesson we were looking at:

Can you link the presentation to functions?


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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.


How does tennessee williams use setting and stage directions and motifs in the play

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?


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