A Streetcar Named Desire : symbolism and imagery 1. What symbolic/metaphorical references could be made of the following? Try to give as many references as possible for each one. A rose A goat A moth A butterfly A paper lantern A streetcar (or a tram) A piece of blues music The translation of "Belle Reve" meaning Beautiful Dream The Elysian Fields (look this one up!) 2. Read the final poem, Vieux Carre. Check every reference that you are unsure of. Re-write it in the middle of a piece of plain A4 paper. Your task now is to draw and colour as many of the images and symbols they may represent in the border around the poem. For example, a picture of the beating sun could represent the phrase "bleached by the sun", but it also implies its remorseless qualities, the way it drains life out of things, age and decay. 3. Think now of how the idea of symbolism, or one thing representing another is going to be important in your reading of, "A Streetcar Named Desire", but also for all future English texts… DON'T Forget! Think how symbolism can be on any level - colour, taste, sound and many many more. Mr.Burnett's ideas on "A Streetcar Named Desire"