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Paper Tile : A Bohemian Defiance of Gender Roles: Tracing the Catastrophic Journey of Blanche Du Bois in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee William -

Author : Ms.Dipali Vilas Salunkhe / Page No. 13-18


This paper aims at exploring the concept of gender identity manifested in Tennessee Williams’ play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. In context of the play, Allan Gray’s homosexuality and suicide creates an initial trauma and guilt for Blanche Du Bois whose tragedy arises from her refusal to adhere to the norms of gender roles prescribed for a woman. Her inability to find a man, stick with him, make a family, to conform, her boldness, her bohemian attempts to look for beauty are beyond the territories charted out for a woman. The characters share toxic and turbulent relationships with each other on account of the conflict between romanticism of individual dreams and inevitable sordid reality of prescribed gender roles.

Key words: Bohemia, Gender Roles, Defiance, Tragedy