Lesson 1 (from Scene 1)
The setting of "A Streetcar Named Desire" is just as much a part of the story as any of the characters. Today's objective is to discuss the city of New Orleans and 632 Elysian Fields to see how it has affected this story from the start.
1. Have each student describe why they think Tennessee Williams chose "Desire" as the name of the streetcar in the beginning of the play.
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss why they think Tennessee Williams chose New Orleans as the setting of this story. What makes this setting the best choice?
3. As a class, discuss the different qualities New Orleans has that are unique to that city. What are some ways Tennessee Williams reminds the viewer and the reader about the setting? What do the students feel the setting will do to the characters in the story? Is the setting depressing...
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