A Streetcar Named Desire - Character Construction

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Discuss how the dramatic representation of a character influences your approval/disapproval.

Dramatic representation causes, us, the audience to either act in approval or disapproval against a specific character. These dramatic representations are the basic building blocks of a character, and create an even deeper meaning then the one displayed. The dramatic play, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, is a perfect example of simple dramatic devices that form a deep and meaningful character. A Streetcar Named Desire, set in the late 1940s of New Orleans’ old quarter, depicts the conflict between a fading aristocratic woman of Old America, Blanche DuBois, and the working-class alpha male of New America, Stanley Kowalski. The author, Tennessee Williams, sought refuge in writing, as it was an escape from his reality, in the period of his childhood. These are found to be evident in his work. Williams has displayed his character construction skills and is seen clearly, as he has constructed Blanche to take on a role that I disapprove of, which is evident in her disrespectful attitude, and is seen by the use of her actions and dialogue. Williams has also constructed Harold Mitchell (Mitch), who I approve because of his sincerity and sensitivity to others, which has been shown in the use of dialogue. Blanche has been constructed with the use of the technique of dialogue, and is seen to be uneducated and disrespectful, which are some of the attitudes I do not value. Blanche is seen ‘flirting’ with Stanley, who is the groom of her sister Stella Kowalski, without any concern that he is her sister’s husband. Blanche admitted this disrespectful act to her sister as she shamelessly exclaims “Yes – I was flirting with your husband, Stella!” Williams has constructed Blanche as such an ignorant and shameful character, as to even admit to Stella, as there is emphasis given in the stage directions, which describes Blanche talking in an excited tone (seen by the...
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