The Nature of Search for Self in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo

Noorbakhsh Hooti


The aim of this study is to show that the nature of search for self, which is the crux of Williams’ plays, takes a different shape in The Rose Tattoo. As Hooti and Rashidi assert, Every day we pass one another on the street, yet we do not know each other, and we least bother to enter into relationships. We seem to have lost the sense of communal life as we seem to be phobic to sociability. Eventually, it leads to a world of isolation, a world where man finds himself separated by the cemented barriers of indifference. (2010, p.1) This study tries to reveal a search for self which is more fullfilling to the characters in the play than the search for self in Williams’ other plays. All human dilemmas in The Rose Tattoo are resolved, all ideals demolished and all inhibitions uprooted, and to give a more colourful picture of this claim, the study finds it apt where required briefly compare and contrast the characters of The Rose Tattoo and Streetcar Named Desire. unlike the characters of Streetcar Named Desire, the characters of The Rose Tattoo try to adjust to changed reality in terms of the contigency of their circumstances. The study further shows that illusion and reality are not mutually exclusive catagories, instead they co-exist.
Key words: Self; Rose Tattoo; Identity; Streetcar Named Desirer

Résumé: L'objectif de cette étude est de montrer que la nature de la recherche de soi, qui est le point crucial des pièces de Williams, prend une forme différente dans "La rose tatouée". Comme affirment Hooti et Rashidi: "Chaque jour, nous croisons des gens dans la rue, mais nous ne nous connaissons pas, et nous ne voulons pas nous donner la peine d'entrer en relation. Nous semblons avoir perdu le sens de la vie commune et que nous semblons être phobiques à la sociabilité, ce qui peut éventuellemet nous mener à un monde d'isolement, un monde où l'homme se trouve séparés par les barrières cimentées de l'indifférence. (2010, p. 1) " Cette étude tente de révéler une recherche de soi plus appropriée aux personnages dans cette pièce que dans d'autres pièces de Williams. Tous les dilemmes de l'homme dans "La rose tatouée" sont résolus, tous les idéaux sont démolis et toutes les inhibitions sont déracinées. Afin de donner une image plus colorée de cette allégation, l'étude constate qu'il existe des comparaisons et contrastes brèves des personnages dans "La rose tatouée" et "Un tramway nommé Désir". Contrairement aux personnages de "Un tramway nommé Désir", les personnages de "La rose tatouée" essaient de s'adapter à la réalité changée en termes de contingence de leur situation. L'étude montre en outre que l'illusion et la réalité ne sont pas des catégories mutuellement exclusives, au contraire, ils co-existent.
Mots-clés: Soi; La rose tatouée; Identité; Un tramway nommé Désir


Self; Rose Tattoo; Identity; Streetcar Named Desirer;Soi; La rose tatouée; Identité; Un tramway nommé Désir

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