Term Paper: Tennessee Williams Biography

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[. . .] Williams' mother was a controlling woman, like Amanda in the play. Laura, the protagonist's disabled sister, is often compared to Williams' own sister, Rose, for whom he cared for much of her life as an adult. His mother in fact approved a frontal lobotomy on his sister, which was greatly disturbing to the playwright. Despite the wide acclaim of this play, some critics have been negative. One reviewer for example mentions a deficiency in humor (Evans in Devlin 14). However, despite the grimness of the plot, Williams insists that there is a subtle humor that runs along with the plot. The strength of his characters for example precludes humor of the frivolous, slap-stick kind.

Streetcar Named Desire

This play concerns Blanche, a lonely, unhappy and weak woman. Sometimes during the play it becomes possible to think of her as slightly unstable. "Desire" appears to be the operative word in the title. There is much that Blanche desires, but that she just didn't get. This is then all she has left as a buffer between her and total despair. Reviewers are favorably inclined towards the play. Clive Barnes for example mentions the humor of the contrast in pretension between the refined Blanche and the oafish Stan (Falk 61).

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Williams here attempts to universalize his themes. He attempts to write into his characters recognizable human qualities that all of his audience can identify with (Waters in Devlin 37). A particular issue addressed by reviewers is Brick and homosexuality (Falk 87). Williams' work is of course influenced by the fact of his own homosexuality.

Bibliography

Cash, E.W. "Tennessee Williams." 16 May, 2003. http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/ms-writers/dir/williams_tennessee/

Evans, J. "The Life and Ideas of Tennessee Williams."

In Conversations with Tennessee Williams edited by Albert J. Devlin, London: University Press of Mississippi, 1985.

Falk, S.L. Tennessee Williams. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1985.

Waters, A.B. "Tennessee Williams: Ten Years Later." In Conversations with Tennessee Williams edited by… [END OF PREVIEW]

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