Analysis of Life and Works in Context Posted by Nicole SmithJan 17, Authors Comments Closed Print James Fenimore Cooper was one of the most popular American novelists of his time and he gained a great deal of fame both in American and abroad with his romantic tales of adventure. He produced a large body of work that is the subject of many literature reviews, much of it dealing with romanticized tales of the frontier or of the sea.
This narrative traces the legacy of homosociality and misogyny as well as the cultural transition from frontier ideals of freedom, self-reliance, and individualism to Cold War imperatives of consumption and conformity. Changes done in collaboration with Elia Kazan made the play acceptable to a wide general audience and created a blockbuster: Williams also published an earlier revised version that suggests his discomfort with the revisions he made for Kazan: However, despite the pragmatic changes Williams made with Kazan, the play had good bones: Clearly Williams was trying to do something more complex than depict closeted homosexuality.
Brick, unlike his father before him, has internalized and is controlled by the new wave of anti-homosexual mores.
I agree and would add that the play examines not only masculine dehumanization but also female dehumanization and denigration: Thus, although my focus is on the issues of masculinity and male sexuality that have tantalized recent critics, Maggie is also essential to these issues in Cat and has therefore a central part in this discussion.
Their shadowy but persistent existence in the play offers an alternate history that challenges the status quo, not only suggesting possibilities for the future but also asserting an alternative past that contrasts with the paranoid, conformist present.
However, once this lyrical image is conjured, it opens the vista of that bed-sitting-room with teasing suggestions of ethnography and alternate cultures, of isolation and refuge.
These unseen characters, whose lives and love are so fleetingly mentioned in the play, are preserved in the room as in a palimpsest, with other lives written over theirs.
The past, although very effectively covered over by the bombastic heterosexuality of McCarthyite America, bleeds through this historical rewriting of U. It also suggests historical cycles of change: By the early s anticommunists had begun to scapegoat homosexuals.
Sexual nonconformity was now defined as a national security threat, and the period was marked by arrest and harassment of homosexuals, which was part of a larger Cold War vilification of the nonmasculine. This gently remembered past puts the turmoil of the estate—and of the larger culture beyond—into perspective.
It also adds a desirable hint of what would later be known as otherness: Like Maggie, he is alive, and his flaws add dimension and complexity to this character.
He has achieved the American dream of wealth, land ownership, and family, yet now finds himself questioning it. He quit school at age ten, rode the rails, and stayed on the road untilsleeping in hobo jungles, railroad YMCAs, and flophouses around the country.
They are especially prevalent among men on the road among whom there is a tendency to idealize and justify the practice.
Tolerance of man-boy relationships among migrants reflected their prevalence: As in a Horatio Alger story, Big Daddy has traveled from rootless poverty to prodigious wealth: His life exemplifies the American ethos of hard work and bootstraps—the school of hard knocks—and the mythos of golden American luck.Context.
Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi, in The name given to him at birth was Thomas Lanier Williams III. He did not acquire the nickname Tennessee until college, when classmates began calling him that in honor of his Southern accent and his father’s home urbanagricultureinitiative.com Portrayal of Tennessee Williams' Life Experiences in his Works To many, Tennessee Williams is just another playwright, but to others he's a playwright with interesting views.
Williams, "One of the most prominent playwrights in United States after World War II"(Liukkonen), inserted many of his own personal experiences into his writing. · The Portrayal of Gender and a Description of Gender Roles in Selected American Modern and Policy Analysis East Tennessee State University In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis The Portrayal of Gender and a Description of Gender Roles in Selected urbanagricultureinitiative.com?article=&context=etd.
Although Tennessee Williams does not openly champion the rights of women in his plays, he presents strong cases against their social alienation in a harsh and brutal world governed by men.
Williams' emotional leanings, sensitivity, and intuition enable him to see life through women's eyes. In The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Summer and Smoke, Williams astutely sounds the urbanagricultureinitiative.com · Article abstract: Williams’ plays, to a large extent drawn from his own experiences, brought new realism and compelling originality to the American theater.
Tennessee Williams was born Thomas urbanagricultureinitiative.com The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams. The Glass Menagerie was written in , based on reworked material from one of Williams' short stories, "Portrait of a Girl in Glass," and his screenplay, The Gentleman Caller.