Gothic Elements In A Streetcar Named Desire

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In Elia Kazan’s 1951 film, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” many intense elements are incorporated, including those of a heartless antagonist, a whimsical protagonist, and several supporting characters who help to portray the principle themes and advance the plot. In this film, the genre of Southern gothic, the setting in a miserable, cramped apartment building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the overall plot contribute to the main underlying themes of human cruelty and kindness.
The genre of Southern gothic strongly contributes to the principle themes of human cruelty and kindness in “A Streetcar Named Desire” because it sets the necessary tone for Blanche Dubois’ heart wrenching story to be told. Southern gothic, a genre that combines the suspenseful elements of gothic stories with Southern charm, is certainly the genre of Kazan’s film, as the film incorporates many gothic elements, such as the melancholy that surrounds the family apartment in the midst of the loss of the family estate, a willful villain, a heroine who tends to need rescuing, and clearly horrifying events, with the Southern setting of the small apartment building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Examples of the incorporation of the gothic elements into the film include Stanley Kowlaski, Blanche’s abusive brother-in-law, as the willful villain and the implied rape of Blanche by Stanley as the horrifying event which serves as a catalyst for the rest of the
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