The Effects of Tennessee Williams on Paul Zindel

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The Effects of Tennessee Williams on Paul Zindel

Julia Wuestefeld

Extended Essay - Theatre Arts

3224 words

Abstract

It is possible to notice many similarities between the works of Tennessee Williams and Paul Zindel. This essay investigates the extent to which the works of Tennessee Williams directly influenced that of Paul Zindel. Through a careful analysis of A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie by Williams, as well as a comparison of those with The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Zindel, this essay seeks out parallels between the two authors. It also studies the biographies of said authors to determine whether their similar plays are only a function of similar life experience. Finally, the essay scrutinizes the vision of directions on A Streetcar Named Desire and The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds to find out if these portrayals also tease out equivalences between Tennessee Williams and Paul Zindel.

The essay concludes that there are too many similarities in the characters, themes, and style of writing of the two authors to say that there is absolutely no influence between them. Even though he never claimed this to take place, Paul Zindel was - to some extent - influenced by the works of Tennessee Williams. Even though much of the similarities between the writing can be due to the fact that they've lived through similar situations, there was a connection between Tennessee Williams and Paul Zindel.

Contents

2Abstract �

3Contents

4Analysis of the Literature

8Analysis of the Biographies

10Analysis of Directors' Productions

13Conclusion

15Bibliography

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