How do A Streetcar Named Desire and Glengarry Glen Ross and the social discourses of their time, affect public and private values of society?
Module: Modern American Drama (Level 6)
Keywords:Modern American Drama, Mamet, Streetcar named desire
There have always been numerous societal issues that dominate and continue to dominate the constructs of civilisation. This essay seeks to understand how sexuality during the 1950s and capitalism during 1980s in America both become social discourses of their time. Moreover, it explores the appropriate contextual evidence for how these social issues created a knock on effect for playwriters such as Tennessee Williams and David Mamet to be inspired to write A Streetcar Named Desire and Glengarry Glen Ross as responses to these issues. The essay argues, through the close analysis of both of these plays, how sexuality and capitalism effected people’s response to these issues and how the private values of people were often overlooked due to public values setting high expectations.