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A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams

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Bloom, Harold, ed. A Streetcar Named Desire. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988.

———. Tennessee Williams. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987.

Griffin, Alice. Understanding Tennessee Williams. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

Leverich, Lyle. Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1995.

Londre, Felicia Hardison. Tennessee Williams. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1979.

O’Connor, Jacqueline. Dramatizing Dementia: Madness in the Plays of Tennessee Williams. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1997.

Roudane, Matthew C., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Spoto, Donald. The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams. New York: Da Capo Press, 1997.

Williams, Tennessee. Memoirs. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1975.

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How was Blanche's rape inevitable

by PoeticProclivity, September 03, 2012

I don't understand your view of how Blanche's rape, In which you stated, "Blanche's most visceral experiences are illusions and repressed memories that torment her, so that her rape seems an almost inevitable consequence of her psychological pain." How exactly, in anyway, is Blanche's rape inevitable? Did she appeal weak stimulating Stanley's carnal desire to conquer Blanche's threatening, bourgeoisie personality?

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fundamental gentlemanliness: I don't think it means what you think it means.

by ParisCoffee, March 06, 2014

Wait, wait. Mitch -doesn't rape someone- and that makes him a gentleman? C'mon. That's a pretty low bar for "gentleman" isn't it? That word has a specific meaning and it is for sure not "doesn't commit a horrible, violent crime even though he wants to."

I think the wording you're looking for there is something other than "fundamental gentlemanliness." There is a whole lot of daylight between simply not being a violent criminal and being a gentleman.

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