Southern Gothic Themes

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A Streetcar Named Desire: Final Essay

Tennessee William’s play a Streetcar Named Desire broke new ground in American theater. Both Streetcar Named Desired and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” are considered Southern Gothic stories. They’re considered Southern Gothic because it comments on the state of humankind following the death of the gentile, agrarian south aid and the rise of industrialization. Also in each story the characters are reimagined Gothic genre archetypes.

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Streetcar Named Desire –
1.“Two-story corner building on a street in New Orleans which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L & N tracks and the river. The section is poor in like corresponding sections in other American cities, it has a raffish charm. The houses are mostly white frame, weathered grey, with rickety outside stairs and galleries and quaintly ornamented gables”. (1) 2.“Frightening, sinister shadows and reflections begin to appear on the walls, mimicking Blanche’s nervous movements. Wild, jungle-sounding cries can be heard”. ( ) 3.“Her appearance is incongruous to this setting. She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and ear-rings of pearl, white gloves and hat, looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district”. (3)

“A Good Man Is Hard to Find’ –
1.“Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic”. ~ Flannery O’Connor 2.“The road was about ten feet above and they could see only the tops of the tress on the other side of it. Behind the ditch they were sitting in there were more woods, tall and dark and deep. In a few minutes they saw a car some distance away on top of a hill, coming slowly as if the occupants were watching them”. (5) 3.[“There was a pistol shot from the woods, followed closely by another. Then silence… She could hear the wind move...
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