Interpretation on Social Origin of Southern-American Women’s Tragic Fate in A Streetcar Named Desire

  •  Qiang Zhang    


A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, proposes an incisive comment on the way institutions
and manner of postwar America imposed restrictions on women’s lives, and also demonstrates the embarrassing
situation of Southern women in contemporary society. Tennessee Williams spends almost all his life in the South.
He pays close attention to the tragic fate of the southern women. This paper mainly consists of three parts. In the
first part, the author gives a brief introduction about the plot of the play and the predestined tragic fate of the
heroine. The second part mainly discusses the social origin that caused the heroine and southern women’s
tragedies. Finally the author makes a conclusive statement about the tragic fate of southern women in the play
and denounces the male chauvinism and the transition of capitalism in the America.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4768
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4776
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: quarterly

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