Tennessee Williams, a famous playwright of the twentieth century, is the author of A Streetcar Named Desire. He is known as a great playwright because of his creative use of literary techniques and his unique style. In particular: Tennessee Williams’ use of the literary techniques imagery, ambiguousness and foreshadowing, in A Streetcar Named Desire, allow him to be more affective.
Tennessee Williams uses the technique Foreshadowing in his writing. Giving the audience a hint of what’s to come will attract their attention and get them to keep reading. Stanley and Blanch show signs of attractions throughout the play. These relations foreshadow the incident at the end of act III scene IV. “(A cat screams off R., and BLANCH jumps involuntarily toward STANLEY, who is amused.)” (I.I. Pg19).
This scene between blanch and Stanley shows signs of attraction,
BLANCHE. Many thanks! Now the buttons! (Turns her back to him, stands D. R. C.)
STANLEY. (Coming to behind her, makes clumsy attempt to fasten hooks.) I can’t do nothing with them.
BLANCH. You men with your big clumsy fingers. (Looks at him.) May I have a drag on your cig?
STANLEY. (Giving her cigarette from behind his ear.) Here-have one for yourself.
BLANCH. (Crossing below to L. of STANLEY.) Why, thanks! (I.II. Pg25)
This flirtatious relationship which hints to the audience what is to come, in turn causes the audience to want to pay more attention.
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Tennessee uses the technique ambiguity several times within the story. He uses ambiguousness in this scene to leave his readers wondering what going to happen to Stella, “STELLA. (Clutching front door for support says weakly.) Take me to the Hospital… FADE OUT AND CURTAIN” (III.II. Pg80).
Leaving the audience hanging in this way will surely heighten their curiosity and gain their attention. Tennessee also leaves this scene ambiguous.
BLANCH. So I could twist the broken end in your face!
STANLEY. I bet you would do that.
BLANCH. I would I will if-
STANLEY. Oh, you want some rough-house! All right, let’s have some rough-house! (Springs towards her. She cries out. He seizes her hand holding bottle. Twists it behind her.) Tiger-tiger! Drop the bottle-top! Drop it! (She drops bottle-top. He bends her to his will, picks her up in his arms.) We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning! (Starts towards bed with her.) (III.IV. Pg94)
This intentional ambiguity which gives questions to the audience also leaves the director with choices.
Of the five kinds of images, which appeal to taste, touch, smell, vision, and hearing, Tennessee Williams seems uses sound imagery the most. The sense, sound, which plays a vital role in our world, is used by Tennessee Williams to set the mood among other things. Whether it is setting a calm mood, “Jazz plays through scene” (II.I. Pg60), or a rowdy and excited mood, “(A disturbance breaks out in apartment above).”(II.I. Pg52), Tennessee uses sound as a way of communicating images and ideas to the audience. He shows the anxiety and tension in Blanch with sound imagery. “(A cat screams off R., and BLANCH jumps involuntarily toward STANLEY…)” (I.I. Pg19).
This use of sound imagery by Tennessee Williams keeps his readers on their toes and makes his play more realistic.
Tennessee Williams, throughout all of his works uses these techniques, some of which gain attention, and convey a message, or even heighten curiosity. The creative use of these literary techniques give his plays more meaning and puts them on a deeper level, which in turn make the play more effective. Overall Tennessee’s use of these literary techniques give his audience an interesting, exciting and realistic play to follow.
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