A Streetcar Named Desire Regents

A Streetcar Named Desire Regents-Style Critical Lens Essay
Your Task:
Write a critical lens essay in which you discuss A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee
Williams from the particular perspective of the statement that is provided for you in the
Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of this statement, agree or
disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using
specific references to appropriate literary elements.
Critical Lens:
“The human heart has always dreamed of a fairer
world than the one it knows.”
--Carleton Noyes
“Poetry: General Introduction”
From Lectures on the Harvard Classics, 1914
Be sure to
Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria
for analysis
Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted
Use specific and relevant evidence from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar
Named Desire to best support your opinion
Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze A Streetcar Named
Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary
elements (theme, characterization, structure, point of view) to develop your
analysis—use at least two references of this type to validate your argument
Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner
Follow the conventions of standard written English
NOTE: The essay MUST be typed: double-spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman.