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Published: 30/04/2004
KS5 | Plays
13 pages

Study pack

Exam style essay questions, study guide type analysis of the context of the play and a series of scene-by-scene analysis activities on the A-level text.

Essay questions include:

To what extent would you describe A Streetcar Named Desire as a tragedy?

To what extent can Blanche DuBois be described as a victim in A Streetcar Named Desire?

Information on context includes:

  • the life of Tennessee Williams
  • dramatic/theatrical context
  • historical context
  • cultural and political context
  • social context.

Activities on quotations

Students find important quotations on the following themes throughout the play:

  • fantasy/illusion
  • cruelty
  • primitive/primal 
  • desire
  • loneliness.

The final discussion prompts allow students to explore key themes in the context of Williams's life, e.g.

He believed that 'we are all savages at heart'. Which of the characters in Streetcar prove or disprove this?

We find, in this play, an implicit condemnation of homosexual behaviour. Was this his attempt to pacify those who disagreed with homosexuality or influenced by the fact that he was a homosexual but extremely uncomfortable with his sexuality?


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