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Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire is mastery of the use of lighting setting and sound to add to emotion and meaning to a play Throughout the play he uses different appearances to convey characters and enhance the importance of actions and dialogue Williams constantly changes what the audience hears and sees to control their response to the action taking place in the play By using different sounds lighting and settings Williams is able to add to the emotional impact of the play Music and sound effects often make up as much of the emotion in the play as the characters actions and words Towards the end of the play the Varsouviana begins to play more often As the reader knows that was the song playing at the time that Blanches husband shot himself By it playing in her mind more often it shows that the state of agony in which she is living is increasing Other sounds begin to increase in frequency as well as volume When Stanley clears the table it shows his anger at the moment as well as the anger built up towards Blanche throughout the play Stanleys built up rage could have just as easily been expressed with shouting alone but the addition of dishes smashing against the wall add to atmosphere of anger Williams utilizes the fact that blues piano is very flexible and therefore used it in a variety of situations In the beginning of the play it expresses the the spirit of the life in New Orleans while later on it just as easily coincides with difficult times It is clear to see that the sounds and music of the play add to the meaning of scenes and dialogue Williams makes extensive use of lighting to show differences in characters and mood To hide her age Blanche is never cast in a bright light It also shows that she is soft and fragile The
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