Choose one topic from the four below to do. 1. Compare and contrast the characte

Choose one topic from the four below to do.
1. Compare and contrast the characters of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night. How does each woman regard her past, and how does the past affect her in the present? What is each woman’s strategy for dealing with the pain of living? In what ways is each one governed by her illusions? To what extent is each woman responsible (or not responsible) for her current problems?
2. Compare and contrast the ways in which social class is represented in A Streetcar Named Desire and Long Day’s Journey into Night. Discuss the ways in which various characters feel excluded from society. What are the social standards by which the characters judge themselves and one another? What, within the worlds of these two plays, are the definitions of success and failure?
3. Although all the main characters in both A Streetcar Named Desire and Long Day’s Journey into Night may be described as “white,” ethnic differences matter in both plays. How is Stanley Kowalski affected by his being Polish? Why does it matter that the Tyrones are Irish? What requirements of “whiteness” are necessary in these plays for one to feel like a full member of society? In what ways are some forms of whiteness privileged over others?
4. Stanley Kowalski and James Tyrone both try to assert authority as heads of their respective households. Neither man is wholly successful. How does each character try to exercise control, and what are the reasons for his failure?

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