Tennessee Williams - Notatki - Język angielski, Notatki'z Język angielski. University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
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Tennessee Williams - Notatki - Język angielski, Notatki'z Język angielski. University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

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Notatki przedstawiające zagadnienia z zakresu języka angielskiego: Tennessee Williams, "A Streetcar named Desire".
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A Streetcar named Desire

Tennessee Williams

Tennesee Williams

Thomas Lanier Williams III

* March 26, 1911 Columbus, Mississippi

+ February 25, 1983 (71) New York, NY

Tennesee Williams

Father – shoe salesman, emotionally absent

Mother – clergyman’s daughter, quiet and delicate

They moved from place to place 16 times in 10 years.

Tennesee Williams

1918 – family moves to Saint Louis, Missouri His family deteriorates (father takes up drinking and becomes abusive towards his children)

Tennesee Williams

1929 – Tennessee’s essay wins a national award, published in Smart Set magazine

He studies journalism at the University of Missouri, later he drops

1938 – he enters University of Iowa, takes different part-time jobs in different cities

Tennesee Williams

1940 – first play staged in Boston Battle of Angels

1944 – The Glass Menagerie in Chicago performed 500 times in NYC

1947 – A Streetcar named Desire Pulitzer prize

1951 – film adaptation

Director: Elia Kazan

Starring:

Marlon Brando Kim Hunter Vivien Leigh

Tennesee Williams

Other major plays:

The Rose Tattoo (1950)

Camino Real (1953)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)

Garden District (1957)

The Night of the Iguana (1961)

Tennesee Williams

He fell in love with Frank Merlo

1961 - Merlo’s death puts him in depression he takes up drugs and alcohol

He came back to producing plays after 10 years

Tennesee Williams

He produced more plays:

Small Craft Warnings (1972)

Summer Hotel (1980)

They revived his reputation of the playwright

Died in February 24, 1983, at NYC hotel

A Streetcar named Desire

A Streetcar named Desire

Tragedy, first staged in 1947

Set in the area of New Orleans, Louisiana where streetcars have names instead of numbers

A Streetcar named Desire

Stella Kowalski (DuBois) Stanley Kowalski

A Streetcar named Desire

Blanche DuBois

English teacher from Mississippi

She lost Belle Reve

A Streetcar named Desire

Blanche’s story proves to be untrue

she lost her job

she has irreputable past

she tries to seduce Mitch with her lies

Stanley buys her a bus-ticket for her birthday

A Streetcar named Desire

Later on, Blanche offends Stanley once again and gets raped by him

Finally, she leaves with the doctor without any goodbye

A Streetcar named Desire

MUSIC

‘Blue piano’ music – dynamism

Varsouviana (polka) – death

“It’s only a Paper Moon” – Blanche’s lifestyle

A Streetcar named Desire

LIGHT VS DARKNESS

Truth opposed to illusion

(Blanche asks Mitch to cover the light bulb with paper lantern – symbol of illusion and desire)

A Streetcar named Desire

THE TITLE

Literally: The streetcar which took Blanche to Elysian Fields (symbol of paradise)

Metaphorically: the theme of sex and death (Desire and Cemetery)

A Streetcar named Desire

ALCOHOL

Stanley: with friends while poker

Blanche: alone, to free her imagination

It leads to bad consequences (violence, deception)

Thank you for your attention!

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