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Glass MenagerieStreetcar Named DesireSweet Bird of Youth review Á eBook or Kindle ePUB Á ❮Read❯ ➮ Glass MenagerieStreetcar Named DesireSweet Bird of Youth ➲ Author Tennessee Williams – Writing in 1959 at about the time Elia Kazan directed Sweet BiNg and music to evoke nostalgia The following year he scored one of his biggest successes with A Streetcar named Desire in which a woman's pathetic fantasies of primness and respectability are stripped down and violently exposed in New Orlean. 25 Stars %40100I actually read A Streetcar named Desire before thrifting this book I liked the play even though it was a bit complicated and boring in some chapters Overall it was a good play I did not really like the other two plays in this I never heard of them before buying the book so I had no expectations whatsoever They were okay but I liked A Streetcar named Desire

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Writing in at about the Named DesireSweet PDFEPUB #188 time Elia Kazan directed Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway Tennessee Williams described his first successful play as being about as violent as you can get on the stage During the years sinc. I’ve never read this play before today and I’ve still never seen the film – I’m going to assume that makes me the last person in the world to have now read this play and so will not worry that this review will have lots of spoilers I’ve heard of this play before of course – I even thought I knew what happened in it from a million or so references I’ve heard about it over the years I can’t say I really enjoyed it Parts of it were so heavy handed that they made me cringe – the blind Mexican woman for example calling out ‘flowers for the dead’ was perhaps only forgivable because it was in Spanish but really and I found the all too convenient music piping up from the local bar increasingly annoying – the problem with reading this play is that I’ve no idea what ‘blue piano’ means I’ll google it later I guess And I found the stage directions nearly laughably detailed Like this one when Blanche is first introduced “Her delicate beauty must avoid a strong light There is something about her uncertain manner as well as her white clothes that suggests a moth” I’m not sure how you might act that – although I do see that moths need to avoid strong lightsThere is not a single likeable character in this play There is Blanche DuBois the white woods a kind of tragic fading beauty who hasn’t uite forgiven herself for having killed her angelic husband by telling him how disgusted she was in him over his homosexual affair conveniently while the other piece of music that plays throughout was playing This tragic end to her first husband has proven to have driven her into the arms of an endless string of increasingly younger men ending with a 17 year old student of hers in an attempt to – what Retaste her youth The explanation given in the play is that she is seeking a kind of security You might think that her life experience to date might speak against this path as the most obvious means of achieving security The problem is that Blanche suffers from anxiety – relieved only by endlessly long baths booze and flirting – she is suffering from some kind of mental illness and so is portrayed as self medicating neurotic When she first meets her sister’s Stella the star husband Stanley she even flirts with him Except of course she finds him beneath her in almost every way being particularly put off by his crudity and his beating up her sister He is portrayed as an animal – a kind of sexual and muscular beast – which women or at least some women are supposed to find irresistible This is almost a play contrasting the animal with the civilised – except that the civilised is presented as an illusion as really only a thin layer of varnish that is all too easily scratched off – as with Blanche the Southern Belle whose own life has been brought to the point of near total destruction by her own animal lusts itself shows all too clearly This is a play full of kettles and pots that are all too ready to call each other blackStella has come down in the world by marrying the meat man Stanley – but is prepared to put up with a bit of rough treatment as long as the sex afterwards makes it all worthwhile She comes across as a bit of an air head to be honest She refuses to believe the worst about either Blanche or Stanley – despite the worst being the truth on both occasions There is also a certain inevitability to Stanley raping Blanche He has decided she is of low sexual virtue and that she has been insulting him throughout the play has made him ‘need’ to get back at her Interestingly enough Stanley is the first to mention his inferior status in their first meeting he tells Blanche “I’m afraid I’ll strike you as being the unrefined type” The second time they talk he makes it clear that he is sexually interested in her Blanche says “To interest you a woman would have to – “ and he responds “Lay her cards on the table” So it is hardly surprising that when Blanche starts to show some interest in Stanley’s friend Steve this leads to Stanley’s extremes of sexual jealousy As he says himself just before raping her “We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning”This is the second of Williams plays I’ve read this and The Glass Menagerie – having an intellectually disabled older sister made that play much harder to cope with for me than this one I still haven’t reviewed that the Menagerie and probably never will nowSo what with the music both floating in from the local bar and bouncing around in Blanche’s head and nearly everyone in the play being a pain and some of the scenes being simply unbelievable the last scene with the poker game going on as Blanche is being taken to the loony bin is a case in point I really can’t say I enjoyed this I was thinking while I was reading it that perhaps the problem is that the play has become dated and we are now so used to American plays with lots of shouting that this has become a bit ho hum Hard to say

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Glass MenagerieStreetcar Named DesireSweet Bird of YouthE then I have only produced five plays that are not violent First among them The Glass Menagerie the memory play which was first presented in London in and in which Glass MenagerieStreetcar ePUB #187 he employed every device of scenery lighti. A tragic play The title is named after the Streetcar Desire which transports the protagonist Blanche DuBois past Cemeteries to Elysian Fields Avenue named after the beautiful Avenue des Champs Élysées en France but which also signifies the Greek paradisaical afterlife Elysian Fields Ironically the grandeur of the paradise that awaits Blanche is largely revealed to be a false pleasing fiction once she arrives in disbelief to the cramped one bedroom one kitchen apartment of her sister Stella and her brother in law Stanley But her fantasy weaving mental faculties recover to the annoyance of Stanley and she soon settles comfortably in his roostUnfortunately Blanche's ideals and fantasies are woefully outdated She believes she deserves certain ueenly privileges and desires chivalrousness male attentions as a previously affluent Southern belle However it is through insisting on veiling the harsh light of her shameful past with a paper lantern that she is blinded by her own inconsistencies and is confined to lying to others and to herselfBlanche's character foil is the new American immigrant from Poland Stanley Kowalski The audience will be moved to side with Stanley each time Blanche vehemently spits the racist attack He's an animal a Polack Stanley is complicated though because he brings a brutal male dominance that affirms traditional gender roles of female sexuality and domesticity Thus the importance of male camaraderie and the insistence on abusive male dictatorship and patriarchy will sicken feminists Further complicating is that because both Blanche and Stanley both relate to the opposite sex in a sexual way Stanley acts as Blanche's executioner by raping her at the exact moment that Stella is giving birth This act of desire results in the destructive death of Blanche's sanity leading her to her next afterlife a nut houseMy opinion is that Tennessee Williams weaves an intricate play from the dirt of humanity to show us caricature versions of ourselves All of his characters are flawed and fallible 1 They choose the ideology that best suits their survival instincts to protect their values from the attack of external munitions For example the male dictatorship chosen by Stanley to protect the ritual of poker games from the encroaching female fancies of listening to the radio Stanley's chosen ideology tells him it is okay to toss the radio out the window in drunken rage 2 But other than outward attack characters choose to shield themselves from deteriorating under internal self criticism As we know Blanche's mind retreats into the balmy construction of maiden fantasies to shield herself from the epic fornications of her past 3 Finally characters crudely choose to overlook morality and simple logic to protect their own lifestyles as we see when Stella contentedly forgives her husband for abusing her demonstrating to the women in the audience that abuse is acceptable and that she has no confidence to leave him and also when Stella consciously refuses to believe that her husband raped her own sister Stella largely relies on Stanley for financial support and clearly in this case she obligingly allows him write her response to the real worldEssentially I believe that from this mud Tennessee Williams wishes to remind us what asses and fools we are or have been and give us examples of people we should strive to avoid emulating Of course in terms of Mitch Blanche's primary real male suitor I am of the opinion that he has the structure of a good person He respects his mother he treats Blanche with gentleness he is inexperienced with love and therefore not used to treating women as just sexual beings he aims for marriage out of love for his mother he is also a new American valuing eual opportunity he values being told the truth and is hurt when he discovers Blanche's deceit To top it off he punches Stanley in the end and who doesn't like dramatic heroic retribution Finally I will argue that Mitch is a realist or he's careful to avoid passionate and whimsical idealism He places himself in a position of a lover without admitting to feeling love Instead of love he uses the word need even though his actions express genuine interest and care towards Blanche This diction subverts the idea of true love and attributes the process of marriage to a function of life a cog along the wheel that gives both constituents a caring companion It is thus realistically a mutually beneficial process as long as the couple is mutually dependent and respectful