A Streetcar Named Desire | Critical Essay by Normand Berlin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of A Streetcar Named Desire.
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Critical Essay by Normand Berlin

Each new production of A Streetcar Named Desire seems to offer the excitement of witnessing a new interpretation. A great play has within it the potentiality for differing interpretations; indeed, this may be the test of greatness. The different interpretations of Streetcar by directors invariably stem from different attitudes toward the two main characters, Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. Some directors tip the audience toward Blanche, others toward Stanley—and this tipping controls the nature of the tragedy and its effect. The director chooses sides, and the audience, of necessity, must play the director's game.

My aim in this essay is to explore the possibility that Tennessee Williams wishes to keep the sides balanced, that, in fact, complementarity informs the play's art and meaning. (p. 97)

At the outset we must recognize that different interpretations can be caused by fuzziness...

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