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streetcar/virginia woolf

In both, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "A Streetcar name Desire", the roles of sex and power are of paramount importance and are a constant feature throughout the play. The emergence of certain characters from these two plays are emphasised by the way they portray sex and power. These two concepts are of great importance individually to the plays, but they are also linked, and work in unison to create the situations and relationships which the authors intend to explore. Whilst there are similarities in which sex and power are used in both of these texts, there are differences, which create different impressions of the people in the plays. This integral role of the characters mean that sex and power can be explored in numerous ways which develop ideas of gender conflict, physical attributes as tools of power and also the varying scale of significance that sex and power can contribute.
At the beginning of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", a description of the characters is given, something which is to be vital to the themes and ideas surrounding the play. This shows the sexuality of the characters by merely stating their appearance. By calling George, "thin; hair going grey" and Nick, "well-put-together, good looking", we already have thoughts in our mind as to their sexual nature. The connotations that surround these phrases make the reader form the opinion that Nick is more sexually charged, giving him the advantage over the seemingly sexually decaying George. It doesn't do this in "A Streetcar named Desire", but instead it introduces the characters on entrance to the play. This makes their entrance more powerful because we don't know what to expect. However, when the characters are introduced to the play, they are still described in a manor that conjures sexual images such as the, "delicate" Blanche and the, "gentle" Stella. I…


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