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Year 12 Literature coursework 1. Blanche Dubois is often referred to as a ‘tragic figure’. How far does the writer’s presentation of this character allow her to be seen in this way? 2. EliaKazan described A Streetcar Named Desire as a ‘poetic tragedy’. How far do you consider the play to be a tragedy? 3. ‘Streetcar is a tragedy of an everyman pushed to extreme lengths to protect his family’. To what extent do you agree/disagree with this statement? 4. To what extent do the seemingly insignificant characters in Streetcar enhance the tragic nature of the play? 5. ‘The tragic nature of Streetcar is projected through the use of unconventional techniques that highlight a ‘broken world’ stripped of humanity. To what extent do you agree/disagree with the aforementioned? 6. Where is the tragedy in Streetcar and how is it presented? 7. Your own question. 8. ‘Streetcar is a modern tragedy because Blanche is working against forces of change that cannot be defeated. These forces are external rather than internal’. To what extent do you agree/disagree with the aforementioned? 9. ‘ Contrast is the main technique that the writer uses to emphasize tragedy in Streetcar’. To what extent do you agree/disagree with this statement? 10. ‘ Blanche, Mitch, Stanley and Stella are all tragic victims’. In light of this statement, explore some possible readings of the tragic nature of the play.
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