Analysis of the Women Image, Blanche and Stella, in Tennessee Williams’ a Streetcar Named Desire

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1. Background of Analysis
A streetcar Named Desire is a stage play that written by Tennese Wiliams. It first published in 1947 and takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. In this play, Williams presents women as powerless, weak, and passive characters who are tightly linked to their persecutors due to economic, social, and physical needs. During the time period of Tennessee Williams, author of the play A Streetcar Named Desire, lived in, men were typically portrayed as leaders of the household. Therefore, it can be seen that there is a genre struggle in the play. The image of women in this play seem to be lower than the man.
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A Streetcar Named Desire lends itself quite naturally to feminist criticism. Feminism, a movement whose roots can be traced back to the middle ages, had come into its own in the twentieth century, though it was not a major force in the American South. Feminist critics, who accept the idea that gender differences are culturally determined, not inborn, interpret literature as a record of male dominance. The attitudes of men who impose their will on women and try to convince then of their inferiority are evident throughout this play: the way they interact with women, discuss them, look at them, talk to them, use and abuse them.
Williams’ presentation of women in A Streetcar Named Desire is a traditional one. The image of women in this play is not different from that presented in traditional literary works in which women are presented as submissive characters who are dependent upon male's authority and control and men are portrayed as leaders of the house. The play has only one difference because Blanche tries to defy a man whom she believes to be inferior to her in class position and education. It shows the consequences of this upon the life of this woman as she sets herself against this cruel man. In this sense, an analysis of the female characters presented in the play and their conflict with the male characters especially Stanley, the dominant male character in the play, is very important
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