TRUTH AND ILLUSION IN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 31-41 Full text

Author: Andrea Gencheva


Affiliation: New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria

Abstract
The following paper discusses some of the motifs ubiquitous to Tennessee Williams’ oeuvre, namely truth and illusion as they are presented in one of his most famous plays, A Streetcar Named Desire. The author endeavors to portray these motifs through an analysis of the characters' behavior and the subsequent, tragic consequences in order to reveal the humanness of Williams' characters who are just like the playwright himself, all marred by alcoholism, depression and loneliness.

Keywords: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois, truth, illusion, psychological breakdown

Article history:
Received: 13 October 2015;
Reviewed: 29 November 2015;
Accepted: 15 May 2016;
Published: 20 August 2016

Citation (APA6):
Gencheva, Andrea. (2016). Truth and illusion in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar named desire. English Studies at NBU, 2(1), 31-40. Retrieved from http://esnbu.org/data/files/2016/2016-1-6-gencheva-pp31-41.pdf

Copyright © 2016 Andrea Gencheva


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