Day 4

A Streetcar Named Desire Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    The Hays Code

    Kind of Activity:

    Film viewing and discussion

    Objective:

    Understanding censorship and how it can change art

    Structure:

    The story of Allan's homosexuality and suicide is told only through reminiscence in Blanche's monologue--not directly. Allan never appears on stage. For homework, ask students to write the scene of the flashback that could have occurred in place of Blanche's monologue, directly showing her confrontation with Allan at the dance. The scene should be no longer than a couple of minutes.

    In class, have a student read Blanche's monologue about Allan. Lead a brief discussion about the mechanics of that monologue, focusing on text...

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