A Streetcar Named Desire: Essay Questions

A list of potential essay questions to form revision and speed planning practice

 

‘Stella is the lynchpin within the play for better or for worse’ In light of this statement, explore William’s presentation of relationships in A Streetcar Named Desire. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

 

‘Shame lies at the heart of each character’ In light of this statement, explore William’s presentation of self and identity in A Streetcar Named Desire. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

 

‘A Streetcar Named Desire is a play emblematic of the modern era’ In light of this statement, explore William’s presentation of time and place in A Streetcar Named Desire. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

 

‘Abuse is normalised as the strong dominate the weak’ In light of this statement, explore William’s presentation of power in A Streetcar Named Desire. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.

 

Examine the view that the conflict between Stanley and Blanche is primarily based on their difference in social class.

 

‘A play about secrets and the catastrophic consequences of their exposure’ In light of this statement explore Williams’ presentation of secrets and their revelation in A Streetcar named Desire.

 

To what extent can Blanche DuBois be considered a victim in A Streetcar named Desire?

 

Discuss the importance of the past in A Streetcar named Desire.

 

‘This play explores the clash between two cultures not, two individuals’ Consider this perspective in A Streetcar named Desire.

 

‘The play essentially reveals to us the vulnerability of human beings’ Examine this view in A Streetcar named Desire.

 

Explore Williams’ use of music in the play, is it much more than a naturalistic device?

 

Blanche believes the opposite to death is desire. How is this theme developed throughout the play?

 

Discuss the role of music and other sound effects in A Streetcar named Desire.

 

Explore themes of morality in A Streetcar named Desire.

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