In the words of the playwright on whose work this film is based, Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire is a story of “the ravishment of the tender, the sensitive, the delicate, by the savage and brutal forces of modern society.” Told through the interactions of the two main characters, Blanche Du Bois and Stanley Kowalski, it is the tragic recounting of the repercussions of the social tension that existed between the representatives of the declining traditions of the Old South (where class, race and social status were all important) and the capitalistic system of the New South (where all men are considered equal). The film employs excellent use of Aristotle’s six elements of drama i.e. plot, characters, theme, dialogue, rhythm and spectacle (through film techniques) to skilfully convey these circumstances. The excellent combination of these elements has lead to great critical acclaim and the film winning four academy awards. The message of A Streetcar Named Desire is essentially conveyed through the interplay of the two main characters, Blanche Du Bois, a middle-aged woman from Mississippi, and her sister’s husband, Stanley Kowalski, along with supporting cast members Stella, Blanche’s sister (with whom Blanche goes to live) and Stanley’s friend, Mitch.
Oral commentary Plan The stage direction that opens the play “A streetcar named desire” foreshadows some of its/the work´s main themes. The playwright Tennessee Williams creates an atmosphere of contrasts to anticipate themes such as unbelonging and class distinctions which are closely related with the historical context, where there has been a change in the Southern lifestyle: Old South versus New South. Furthermore, Williams resorts to vivid descriptions of the senses, thus invoking a highly sensual and emotional scenery which predicts the theme of desire. Paragraph 2 Firstly, the author portrays a contrasting atmosphere by resorting to some ironic elements and diction (mainly adjectives and nouns), as well as imagery. • Explain the ironic name Elysian Fields.
In this failure to meet expectations, men and women become resentful and demanding, and love dies even with all the brilliant and complex psychological models available. Love can survive if men and women can communicate and appreciate their differences. John Gray presents a useful version of the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule tells us to do unto others what we would have them do unto us. We want our spouses to understand our needs and desires, and then fulfill them.
A Truly Male Dominated Relationship According to Sandra Lee Bartky, “A love relationship is one in which at least one actor gives extremely high status to another actor” (Bartky 109). Bartky is referring to the dominance of relationships by the male character over the female. This idea is expressed initially in the episode of Sex and the City, in Carrie and Aiden’s relationship when Aiden tells Carrie not to talk to her ex-boyfriend, Big, ever again. This embodies the main viewpoint of Bartky’s argument of male dominance in relationships. Through her viewpoints, Bartky emphasizes the understanding of epistemic risk as the interpretation of the woman making her male companion the center of everything, and therefore risking the loss of herself as and individual.
It is thought that in a patriarchal society domestic violence against a woman by a man is inevitable as men like to prove their control. Radical feminists believe that for patriarchy to be abolished, which it should, then women must separate themselves from men, for example, they suggest ‘political lesbianism’ as to have heterosexual relationships it involves ‘sleeping with the enemy’, this male dominance over woman may be the reason there is an increase of same- sex and matriarchal families as men are no longer apart of the family structure. There is proof that this theory is based on truth as men and women are not equal, for example, men get higher wages in several jobs however, there is also issues other feminists and theorists have which is that females can also be abusive to the people surrounding them and it ignores the other factors for violence such as financial stress or mental health problems therefore domestic violence is not necessarily a way of gaining control. Marxists Feminists argue that men are not the main cause of women’s suppression but rather that capitalism is as it uses women to perform the jobs and services they need. This is because women as said to a ‘reserve army’ of cheap labour as they are taken on when extra workers or needed and then
During the Victorian era, men and women searched for an ideal relationship based on the expectations of a demanding society. After reading the researched expectations of men and women of the Victorian era and relating them to Wilde’s two works, readers can acknowledge the effect the expectations have on these characters; especially the men. Analyzing the characters in Oscar Wilde’s works show how the expectations of society effects the characters’ behavior and their reaction to society’s ideals. Oscar Wilde examines the impact of Victorian society’s unrealistic expectations on the individual in The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray, showing how rejection, whether from a potential partner or society as a whole, can lead to deceit and engaging in a double life in order to satisfy conventions. During the Victorian era, men and women searched for an ideal relationship based on the expectations of a demanding society.
Woman are always portrayed as sex objects, waiting to be taken advantage of by men. This is extremely harmful to a woman because it makes her seem weak. However, the issue of body image and gender roles are not only a problem for females. Males also have a certain set standard of how they should look, and the characteristics they should embody. Schooler notes that “Men‘s strength and prowess are emphasized in the [media]” (Schooler, 745).
Women are under a constant pressure to adhere to roles that are specific to their gender and so are men. The woman by norm is relegated to the private domain and is allocated the affective role, while the man has full access to the public domain for he plays the role of the bread-winner. Devdutt Pattanaik, in his book, ‘The Pregnant King’, strives to show how gender plays an important part in defining roles and relationships, while at the same time also accounting for the interesting change in gender roles of men and women, which appears extremely contemporary and unthinkable at the time and context in which the story is set. Based at the time of the Mahabharata, Pattanaik’s ‘The Pregnant King’ brings forth a wide new range of ideas that are exceedingly modern in nature. These ideas question the societal norms that privilege the men and not the women, the norms that prevent both men and women from adopting occupations and indulging in activities that majorly interests them.
A Streetcar Named Desire: ‘As the action of the play unfolds, dramatic tension is often produced by the contrast of concealment and revelation.’ A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, is a rather striking and intriguing play which presents the shift between the new order and the old order. The production takes place in a working class district of New Orleans, soon after World War II, where aristocracy and pretensions are fading, with reality and practicality taking its place. Through the use of concealment and revelation, Williams show how dramatic tension and suspense are intensified within characters and with the audience as the play progresses. Blanche DuBois, the protagonist of the play, initially establishes a façade which creates an escalating tension as the truth is slowly revealed. Her appearance is described as being “incongruous to [the] setting”  where her white clothes create an outer shell of innocence, purity, and richness.
In 'Othello' and 'The Tempest' "women are portrayed as victims due to male characters determining social organization." Discuss. Social organization in its simplest definition is when people in a society are placed into a system organized by wealth,family background and profession. In shakespeare's plays othello and the tempest,social organization is presented through hierarchical position of characters based on gender and race. Women are placed as central characters in these plays,however they face oppression and, like in 'Othello', often end up as victims due to men determining what they decide is right as they hold superiority over their women.