Transitivity in Tennessee Williams’s "A Streetcar Named Desire"
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Keywords

transitivity
female identity
gender
material process
mental process
relational process
heteroglossia
fixity

How to Cite

Gandouz, Olfa. 2018. “Transitivity in Tennessee Williams’s "A Streetcar Named Desire"”. Brolly 1 (3), 49-55. https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/Brolly/article/view/289.

Abstract

The present paper shows how the use of language reflects female dilemmas and constructs the psychological profile of female heroines in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire (1947). Halliday’s transitivity system will be employed to examine female mobility in Streetcar. The focus will be on the opposition between Blanche’s refusal to adjust herself to the values of the New South and Stella’s social compromise. Blanche’s split between the values of the utopian old South and the New one deepens her physical, emotional and psychological dislocation. The paper will also delve into the attitude of female characters concerning their repression.

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