TENNESSEE WILLIAMíS CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN DRAMA
Mythology, Fugitives, Trapped and Brutality
Tennesse Williams is a dramatist of lost souls. His milieu is the south, a tense and unreconstructed locale typical only of an environment we all inhabit. In the mythology of his work, the south is an antebellum mansion of faded elegance inhabited by gentle dreamers, misfits, fugitives and outcasts losers who are not meant to win. Always the gothic focus of his work echoes an awareness of loneliness and loss a sense of corruption and the physical violence which is an aspect of southern romanticism. His theme is the plight of the individual trapped by his environment, the loneliness and lack of communication between human beings unable to reconcile the flesh with sprit. It is his special to temper extremes of physical violence, brutality and perversion with gentle, loving glimpses of humanity and a passionate concern for dispossessed people living on the border line of despair.