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Hi there, I am new to this, so stay with me. I am studying English Literature and am currently trying to attempt comparing two texts 'A streetcar named desire' and 'A yellow wallpaper'. I have no clue what question to do! I was considering one on mental heath and feminism, please help. Final draft is due this Thursday.
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A Streetcar named Desire is a play, not a book. I don't know the other one but mental health would be good to focus on for ASND because of Blanche's spiral into a mental breakdown.
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Yeah, sorry am just a bit panicked at the moment. I was thinking something along the lines of how Blanche is seen negatively as a result of her mental deterioration. Not sure though?
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Yeah, sorry am just a bit panicked at the moment. I was thinking something along the lines of how Blanche is seen negatively as a result of her mental deterioration. Not sure though?
This is a very good option! I would lean towards how "female hysteria is presented in Desire and Wallpaper". If you know Williams plays, then he often does portray his female progtagonist in a certain way - for the audience to think about how women are not fragile but are often put in a situation that they have no choice but to "go bad" or act hysteric. Blanche is quite all over the place from one scene to the other because of what society (men) have done to her. She is trapped within her own "home" and is portrayed by the people who are meant to love her.

Similarily in Wallpaper, isn't the protagonist "locked" in a room by her husband because of her depression? I've not read that text, but you could compare it on the basis of how women feel trapped by society? :dontknow:
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This is a very good option! I would lean towards how "female hysteria is presented in Desire and Wallpaper". If you know Williams plays, then he often does portray his female progtagonist in a certain way - for the audience to think about how women are not fragile but are often put in a situation that they have no choice but to "go bad" or act hysteric. Blanche is quite all over the place from one scene to the other because of what society (men) have done to her. She is trapped within her own "home" and is portrayed by the people who are meant to love her.

Similarily in Wallpaper, isn't the protagonist "locked" in a room by her husband because of her depression? I've not read that text, but you could compare it on the basis of how women feel trapped by society? :dontknow:
Thank you so much! In "The Yellow Wallpaper" she is definitely trapped. I think I will explore how women are trapped within the private sphere and gender roles. Also in "A Streetcar Named Desire' Blanche is trapped as Stanley foils her chance with Mitch when he persecutes her. This will really help with my comparison of the two texts, thank you for your help.
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