In What Ways Could Place and Setting Be Integral to the Tragedy of a Streetcar Named Desire

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In what ways could place and setting be integral to the tragedy of A Streetcar Named Desire? There are valid arguments for both for and against this statement and in this essay I will be discussing and evaluating each side to reach a conclusion as to whether the place and setting in ‘A streetcar named desire’ is integral to the tragedy. ‘A streetcar named desire’ is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans and all of the action takes place on the first floor of a one-bedroom flat, owned by Stanley and Stella Kowalski. The prologue in scene 1 when Blanch first arrives mentions that the street name where Stanley and Stella live is called ‘Elysian Fields’, this can be interesting to the audience as Elysium which is used in Greek Mythology is the final resting place of the heroic and virtuous. And so it can seem that the name of the street is foreshadowing some kind of pain and suffering which will happen later on the in the play. This pain and suffering is then displayed at the end of scene 10 when Stanley ‘picks up’ Blanche’s ‘inert figure and carries her to bed’ and it is strongly implied that Stanley then has his way with her. The use here of ‘inert figure’ shows that now it seems as if Blanche has lost all sense of her personality and usual characteristics which have been shown throughout the play. However that is not the end of Blanche’s suffering as in scene 11 the doctor and matron come to pick up Blanche to take her to the mental hospital. This shows that the place and setting of the play on a street named ‘Elysian Fields’ is integral for the end of the play to have a cut-off point and meaning, which is that even those who are heroic (which arguably Blanche was to try and stand up to a physical brute such as Stanley) must suffer and must feel pain at some point. Secondly, it can be seen that Stanley feels the one-bedroom flat is his little kingdom; it is a

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