Analysis of 'A streetcar named Desire', by Tennessee Williams

Analysis of ‘A streetcar named Desire’, by Tennessee Williams

Analysis of ‘A streetcar named Desire’, by Tennessee Williams Author Background Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams to C.C. Williams and Edwina. His father was an alcoholic salesman and his mother often had bouts of hysteria. His father’s alcoholic ranting and his mother’s search for the perfect home saw them changing houses several times in a year. This unstable life had a disastrous effect on the children with both Tennessee and Rose, his sister, having to seek psychiaRead More…

Analysis of ‘Antigone’, by Sophocles

Antigone – Jean Anouilh Author Background Jean Anouilh (1910-1987) was, in the 50s and 60s, the most popular playwright in Europe.  But the arrival on the scene of dramatists like Beckett and Ionesco dimmed his appeal. He quit drama for a while coming back strongly to write and direct plays. Antigone was written as a scathing critique of the collaborationist Vichy government in France. The Nazis promptly censured the play.  It was finally staged some months after the liberation of PariRead More…

Analysis of 'A Raisin in the Sun', by Lorraine Hansberry

Analysis of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, by Lorraine Hansberry

Analysis of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, by Lorraine Hansberry Author Background Lorraine was born in 1930 to well educated colored parents who lived and worked in Chicago. Though Chicago did not officially follow segregation, whites and blacks practiced segregation. In 1938, Lorraine’s father bought a property in a white area and moved his family there. The neighbors initiated legal action against them with the case going up to the Supreme Court. The family won the right to continue living inRead More…

Analysis of ‘The Merchant of Venice’, by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice is considered a romantic comedy of William Shakespeare written between 1596 and 1598. Yet because of the powerful speeches and the dramatic appeal it can be considered as one of his more serious plays. Women have been given very strong characters and in this drama they prove to be equal men in all aspects. Friendship, love, mercenary attitude is given equal importance as themes in the play The Merchant of Venice. The play takes place in Venice and Belmont. Antonio’Read More…

Analysis of ‘Beckett’, by Jean Anouilh

Author Background Jean Anouilh was born in France in 1910. After university, he drifted for a while doing odd jobs. He worked for some advertisement agencies and then wrote comic interludes for movies. It was in 1931 that Anouilh first tasted success as a dramatist. From then on, he wrote many plays though during Nazi occupation, many were censored. In the sixties, audience interest in his plays waned. Nevertheless, he is considered one of the leading playwrights of the twentieth century. Read More…

Analysis of ‘Riders To The Sea’, by John Millington Synge

‘Riders to the sea’ is a tragic play of the sea in the life of a woman who eventually resigns to her fate. It is written by John Millington Synge and was first staged on February 25th 1904. The venue was Molesworth Hall in Dublin and its performers belonged to the Irish National Theatre Society. It is a one act play and this Irish playwright, in most of his plays uses the rustic and poetic dialogues of rural Ireland. Aran Islands is where the play is set and this play depicts the fruitless sRead More…

Analysis of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, by Lorraine Hansberry

Introduction Analysis of A Raisin in the Sun: Raisin in the Sun is a play that had its debut show in Broadway in 1959. This play is written by Lorraine Hansberry. The story is about a black family who was coming into some money. It talks about the family’s fight for identity and the problems the blacks of that time faced. Lorraine herself had witnessed many incidents of rejection and has portrayed her spirit in this play. The family wants to better themselves and progress in their lives. TRead More…