Abstract: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are the most successful Tennessee Williams' plays and among the most significant plays of the twentieth-century. The psychoanalytic approach was used to analyse the three Williams' plays, since they are full of recurring themes such as social isolation and loneliness and memorable characters with complex personalities. The characters of the Williams' plays are all based on real people from Williams' life or Williams himself, so the comparison to Williams' biography was crucial for the description of characters and for clarification of the literary functions of the Oedipus complex. The paper was not restricted to the Oedipus complex only, but it also included some other psychoanalytical concepts such as declarative memory, object-relational conflict and homosexual panic for better understanding of the characters and literary functions of Oedipus complex in The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The plays reveal Williams' life story. The sources of research were the three plays, literature about the author and psychoanalytic articles about Williams and Williams' plays.Keywords: Tennessee Williams, Oedipus complex, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, psychoanalytical approach.Published: 24.01.2011; Views: 2802; Downloads: 206 Full text (381,32 KB)
Abstract: In Science Fiction, readers get to know the role of women in correspondence with men and then contemplate their relationships. The relationship can come from everyday life or as a relation in a job and it can also be derived from our mentality and society. It is common that all these relationships develop a higher level in meaning in Science Fiction.
In the two short stories "His Vegetable Wife" and "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" we get to know the role of a traditional woman and a modern woman in comparison to men, but in a more scientific way. We also get to know a society without a distinction between women and men in The Left Hand of Darkness. In the film Splice we will see the twisted way of a woman transforming into a man and what this kind of evolution means for the woman-man relationship. All these plots show different kinds of male and female relations in Science Fiction. The relationships can differ from each other but they can also have similarities or even have their origin in the Oedipus complex and the Elektra complex. Keywords: Science Fiction, relationship man-woman, Oedipus complex, Electra complex, feminismPublished: 04.01.2013; Views: 1462; Downloads: 79 Full text (505,39 KB)