What is the literary genre of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams? I am a drama student and need to explain the play after performing a piece from it for an exam. 

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Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire falls under different categories, or genres, of drama: family drama, realism, and modern tragedy.

"Family Drama" involves conflicts (without conflict there is no drama) between and among family members.

The central conflict in A Streetcar Named Desire involves headstrong but fragile Blanche DuBois, who represents the "Old South," and her equally headstrong brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, who represents the male-dominated society of the "New South." In addition to their personal conflicts, the underlying conflict is one of appearance or illusion (the "Old South") versus reality (the "New South").

Blanche's younger sister, Stella, who is married to Stanley, often tries to mediate between Blanche and Stanley but is unable to do so effectively because she fails to understand Blanche's mental illness and inner turmoil or Stanley's need for dominance and control.

In terms of "realism," Williams presents a recognizable reality in his depiction of the...

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