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Tennessee Williams saw himself as a shy sensitive and gifted man trapped in a world where mendacity replaced communication brute violence replaced love and loneliness Ryan 3176 This one statement explains most of Williamss life He grew up and went to school in the South While growing up he had a dysfunctional family The time frame in which he grew also had an extreme effect upon his writing Tennessee Williams used his many observations of the Souths emergence from naivet and the daily life of the peoples struggle to stay live in body and spirit to display the cruelty of his time and place Williamss Southern influences are clear when reading his work For example his characters from A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche and Mitch both have a tenacious Southern persuasion Both are refined genteel softhearted and cultured In addition the wild Cecilians of The RoseTattoo show some the Souths ideal that Mediterranean people have more fun Unger 380 Unger further thinks that the fun-loving Mexicans in The Iguana demonstrate that if foreigners ever cease to be foreigners they will still be outsiders 381 This is a Southern view and was important to Williamss writing style Speaking of the Southern view it had much impact in Tennessees works For instance in Streetcar Leonard Ungers view was the rape of Blanche signifies the ravishment of the tender sensitive and delicate by the savage and brutal forces of modern society Unger 380 Williams was born March 26 1911 in Columbus Mississippi Ryan 3172 The South he grew up in was gentile refined and very relaxed Considering the time in which the play was written 1947 Hippograph Web Page the rape clearly depicts the Great Depressions effects on the South Everyone had to fight to hold a job buy food and just plainly to survive during that ravenous and despondent time The actual time that he grew had
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