A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
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Biography and Background

Perspectives in American Literature: Tennessee Williams
This site lists primary and extensive critical works. Scroll down for study questions for "Portrait of a Madonna." Material at this site may not be appropriate for some students.

Tennessee Williams: Exploring the American Dream from the American Masters series, PBS
Three thematic components: (1) an examination of the lyric form and mythology, (2) exploration of the dramatic form, and (3) an examination of the American Dream. Each is addressed and developed within a social critical perspective that resonates with many of the playwright's major works.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Broken Worlds
At first glance, Eugene OíNeillís The Hairy Ape and Tennessee Williamsí A Streetcar Named Desire do not seem to have anything in common. Close scrutiny, however, reveals several provocative parallels. This lesson provides a variety of options for conducting comparative analysis between the plays.

Exploring A Streetcar Named Desire
Students study setting, plot, and character development in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire and discuss its impact on American theater. Students will participate in a group reading and analysis of the play and share their collective findings with the class.

Fractured Families in American Drama
"This lesson explores the complicated dynamics of families, as portrayed in American drama." It uses A Streetcar Named Desire and O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night.

A Streetcar Named Desire Study Guide
Vocabulary and questions to guide comprehension and character analysis, discussion of themes, and final analysis questions.

A Streetcar Named Desire Study Guide
Students use posters to analyze a character from the play.

A Streetcar Named Desire vocabulary
70 words presented in context and with definitions. Click on each word for more information, including pronunciation.



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