By Farahna Alam
Going to bed in my coffin
a weight in my chest, just pressing
like I’m buried alive, in decay.
To have words trapped behind
the bars of your teeth; silent.
Strangling your voice; so violent.
All while attacking you blind.
By Farahna Alam
I was ready for a fight
They changed the lock
And closed it tight.
When they say u hit rock bottom
It’s all really a lie,
The ground just caves in
There’s no end to the fight. Continue reading
Last week, we took a look at the two prominent societies that take stage in A Streetcar Named Desire and analysed the different themes they brought to light. However, when working with the concept of The Individual And Society, we also need to understand the individuals of the play and their interactions. In fact, as coined by a teacher of mine, this entire concept can be compressed into one bite-sized label: Relationships.
You once asked me
what my perfect world would be like.
I didn’t answer
because I didn’t want a fight.
What was the point of
dreaming of a perfect world, when
the reality was a nightmare
that kept me up all night.
“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.”
C. Wright Mills
During my study of Streetcar in school, the concept of “The Individual VS Society” was the main lense through which we analysed the text; and to break the ice, that’s what we’ll be doing today. This concept is largely prevalent in the literary world and provides the readers with the understanding of the dynamics that an individual has with her society. Human beings are social creatures after all and the interactions they have with the people around them, as well as the society itself, is reflective of the values and themes that the author would like to highlight. At times, these values may align or clash with the readers and the individuals of the novel, but at the end of the day, this conflict helps to drive understanding of various issues.