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Society plays an important role in shaping the characters involved in theater According to Karl Marx society affects every single aspect of our life including theater Literature reflects class struggle and materialism think how often the quest for wealth defines charactersIntroduction to Literature Dr Porterfield Handout In my paper Ill examine the impact of society and the projection of the playwrights on the characters of two well-known twentieth-century plays Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire and John Osbornes Look Back in Anger Though the two plays might seem poles apart because each one belongs to a different society and era I see a resemblance in the way Williams and Osborne reflected the American society of the forties and the English society of the fifties The way Ill analyze the influence of society in each play is by giving different examples from both of the plays and illustrate through them to what extent the characters are motivated by society or by the playwrights own life In A Streetcar Named Desire the pressure of society as well as Williams personal experiences constitute major motivation for most of the characters For instance its very beneficial to dissect the case of the suicide of Blanches husband Allen to show how the social pressure was a cause of his death Though the play begins with Blanches arrival at her sisters residence the actual beginning of the play occurs way before that date the day Allen shot himself Blanche and Allen were in love They were young people rejoicing in their love Blanches dilemma began when she found out that she is not the only sexual partner in Allans life She discovered that her beloved husband had other sexual interests manifested in his relationship with an older guy The queer intercourse of Allen and his partner aroused her disgust to an extent that she found no escape but to confront him By stepping towards confrontation Blanche was stepping towards the end
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