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One of the tasks listed in my AS Level English Literature transition pack is noting the links between Tennessee Williams' personal life and his play, A Streetcar Named Desire. So far, I've highlighted how Williams' faced a drinking problem, as does Mitch and Blanche in ASND. However, I'm unsure of what other links I can make, particularly as I have struggled to find websites that will be useful for my English Lit revision ahead of starting sixth form.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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One of the tasks listed in my AS Level English Literature transition pack is noting the links between Tennessee Williams' personal life and his play, A Streetcar Named Desire. So far, I've highlighted how Williams' faced a drinking problem, as does Mitch and Blanche in ASND. However, I'm unsure of what other links I can make, particularly as I have struggled to find websites that will be useful for my English Lit revision ahead of starting sixth form.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
You can talk about Tennyson's struggles with his sexuality as reflected in Alan Grey ( Blanche's first husband who kills himself) and consider how that presents Tennyson's own feelings. Also Blance is a typical southern ' belle' as Tennyson's mother was, and you can talk about those delusions of grandeur failing as America became more like Stanley.
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One of the tasks listed in my AS Level English Literature transition pack is noting the links between Tennessee Williams' personal life and his play, A Streetcar Named Desire. So far, I've highlighted how Williams' faced a drinking problem, as does Mitch and Blanche in ASND. However, I'm unsure of what other links I can make, particularly as I have struggled to find websites that will be useful for my English Lit revision ahead of starting sixth form.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Erm, he had a very estranged relationship with his father who often preferred to work rather than parent. So you could link this with Mitch's empathy or lack thereof and his inability to love unconditionally.

You can also relate to Mitch who throws Blanche into a psychiatric ward and locks her away. Rather than facing his own demons and her, he hides and runs away from it by locking her up.

A similar occurrence can be said with Williams. Because of his alcoholism, his bother hospitalized him for it. Since Williams never recovered from his addictions, you can say by being hospitalized and sent away, he never was able to deal with his problems. He was just seen as a nuisance.

I love Desire as well as Cat On a Hot Tin Roof! I had to study the former at A2 level!
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Erm, he had a very estranged relationship with his father who often preferred to work rather than parent. So you could link this with Mitch's empathy or lack thereof and his inability to love unconditionally.

You can also relate to Mitch who throws Blanche into a psychiatric ward and locks her away. Rather than facing his own demons and her, he hides and runs away from it by locking her up.

A similar occurrence can be said with Williams. Because of his alcoholism, his bother hospitalized him for it. Since Williams never recovered from his addictions, you can say by being hospitalized and sent away, he never was able to deal with his problems. He was just seen as a nuisance.

I love Desire as well as Cat On a Hot Tin Roof! I had to study the former at A2 level!
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You can talk about Tennyson's struggles with his sexuality as reflected in Alan Grey ( Blanche's first husband who kills himself) and consider how that presents Tennyson's own feelings. Also Blance is a typical southern ' belle' as Tennyson's mother was, and you can talk about those delusions of grandeur failing as America became more like Stanley.
Thanks for your suggestions - those will be a tremendous help, and have only made me more impatient with excitement to start studying Streetcar in Year 12!
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