A Comparison Of A Street Car Named Desire And A Streetcar Named Memory

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Have you ever thought about the past and wanted that same thing to happen again or wanted to make sure that it would never happen again? Often in a work of Literature characters who are coping with trauma attempt to both repress or revive the past. This trend ends up being expressed in the two novels, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. To repress the past a character would try to prevent what had happened from happening again while reviving the past would be to bring back what had previously happened. In A Streetcar Named Desire the main character, Blanche DuBois who is a teacher ends up moving from Mississippi to live with her sister, Stella Kowalski, in New Orleans and eventually has problems with Stella's husband, Stanley Kowalski. In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the main character, Oskar Schell is dedicated to finding the lock that fits a key that his father who had died on September 11 at the World Trade Center had given him. The trend of both repressing and reviving the past when coping with trauma is evident in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer when Oskar Schell in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tries to find the lock that matches a mysterious key and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire has to be reminded of her past by her brother in law Stanley. Both characters, Blanche DuBois and Oskar Schell

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