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A Streetcar Named Desire Home

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:16 PM

Streetcar is enormously well-supported online. This page provides an overview of the most substantial / worthwhile ones I have found. I make the distinction here between what has substance and what is worthwhile because the Sparks / Cliffs / Pink Monkey Notes etc while containing much content, tend to provide flimsy or superficial commentary and analysis.

Be sure to visit links to Stage Drama (under construction) for an understanding of basic concepts.

Study Guide pdf's (Each is a downloadable pdf or portable document folder.)

  1. A TEACHER’S GUIDE TO THE SIGNET EDITION OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE By ROBERTC. SMALL, JR., Ed.D., Radford University.pdf
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire : the play compared to the film.pdf
  3. A Streetcar Named Desire questions.pdf

Links to other sites

  1. http://www.norwich-school.org.uk/school/e
  2. eetcar relevant essays, school sites and University sites
  3. http://www.campusnut.com/book.cfm?article_id=341
    Historical context - great! Interesting Harvard student site in general.

Study Notes

  1. http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc9w1.html
    Basic summary of scenes; synopsis of the play; simple biography of Williams.

  2. http://www.bookrags.com/notes/snd/
    Very comprehensive. Content listed below.
    · Author/Context
    · Plot Summary
    · Characters
    · Objects
    · Quotes
    · Topic Tracking
    - Lies/Honesty
    - Loneliness
    - Opposing Backgrounds
    - Sexuality
    - Violence

  3. http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/LitNote/id-115.html
    Once again, comprehensive breadth, though lacking depth and sophistication. Contents listed below. Beware of one-stop shopping.
    About the Playwright
    About the Play
    Introduction
    List of Characters
    A Brief Synopsis
    Summaries and Commentaries
    Scene 1
    Scene 2
    Scene 3
    Scene 4
    Scene 5
    Scene 6
    Scene 7
    Scene 8
    Scene 9
    Scene 10
    Scene 11
    Character Analyses
    Blanche DuBois
    Stanley Kowalski
    Stella Kowalski
    Harold Mitchell (Mitch)
    Study Help
    Quiz
    Essay Questions

  4. http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Titles/desire/about.html
    Comprehensive; this site tends to be a cut above some of the other study Notes sites. Classic Notes is a site worth returning to for revision in all areas of English.
    * About Tennessee Williams
    * About A Streetcar Named Desire
    * Character List
    * Major Themes
    * Short Summary
    * Entire Summary and Analysis
    * Summary and Analysis of Scenes 1-2
    * Summary and Analysis of Scenes 3-4
    * Summary and Analysis of Scenes 5-6
    * Summary and Analysis of Scenes 7-8
    * Summary and Analysis of Scenes 9-11
    * Links
    * Essays
    * Author of ClassicNote and Sources
    * Test Yourself! 40 Question Quiz

  5. http://pinkmonkey.com/booknotes/monkeynotes/pmStreetcar02.asp
    A Streetcar Named Desire Message Board
    Download a Printable Version of this Booknote
    Key Literary Elements
    • Preface
    • Setting
    • Characters
    • Conflict
    • Plot
    • Themes
    • Mood
    • Background Information
    • Historical/Literary Information
    • Quotes
    Scene summaries with Notes
    • Scene 1
    • Scene 2
    • Scene 3
    • Scene 4
    • Scene 5
    • Scene 6
    • Scene 7
    • Scene 8
    • Scene 9
    • Scene 10
    • Scene 11
    Overall Analyses
    • Characters
    • Themes
    • The Play as a Tragedy
    • Symbolism, Imagery, and Irony in the Play
    • The Title of the Play
    Questions
    • Study Questions
    Comment
    • Comment on the Study of Literature

  6. http://bshsenglishclassroom.homestead.com/files/A_Streetcar_Named_Desire_Study_Guide.htm
    Outsatnding series of questions; includes some interesting thematic analysis.

  7. http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us/Streetcar.html
    As above; very brief.
    Setting, characters, conflicts, themes, issues, commentary.

  8. http://www.novelguide.com/Streetcar/themeanalysis.html
    Streetcar theme

  9. http://www.novelguide.com/Streetcar/metaphoranalysis.html
    Streetcar symbols and motifs

 

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