1. Music is an essential element of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Critics often contend that the music acts as a second dialogue. Paying particular attention to the polka “Varsouviana,” the music of the “blue piano” and Blanche’s bath-time rendition of “Paper Moon,” analyze the role that music plays within the drama.
2. A major theme of A Streetcar Named Desire is the dichotomy of reality and fantasy. How differently do the three main characters Blanche, Stanley and Stella view the world? In other words, examine the three characters, and determine whether each one lives his/her life based on reality or illusion.
3. What are the characteristics of Southern Gothic? Is A Streetcar Named Desire an example of this particular literary genre? Explain your answer.