Thornton Wilder Essay | American Dramatic Values Reflect the Society from Which They Spring.

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American Dramatic Values Reflect the Society from Which They Spring.

Summary: America's national identity has been mirrored through its arts programs and use of drama and theatre. "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder and "Streetcar named Desire" by Tennessee Williams are reflections of society's values, concerns and issues from the era they were sprung.

America's national identity has been mirrored through its arts programs and use of drama and theatre. "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder and "Streetcar named Desire" by Tennessee Williams are reflections of society's values, concerns and issues from the era they were sprung. "Streetcar" written in the late 1940s was a response to Post 2nd world war. America was in an Industrial Revolution. The main themes of the play are Class Distinctions, racial tensions, domestic tension, violence, ideals of American family-changing while hinting on homosexuality. These issues of the play are reflective of the values of the late 1940s.

The Characters in the play are symbolic of these issues. Blanche is a representation of the decay of `old' American ideals. Blanche, thus, resists the pull of time, terrified of the first signs of age, aware that something has ended and that...

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