Date of Award

Spring 1953

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Edward C. Peple


This thesis is an attempt to ascertain to what extent Tennessee Williams has accepted or rejected traditional precepts, concepts, and symbolism in the theatre.

Inasmuch as his dramas reanimate certain older forms with newer freedom, it is thought by many that he is changing the direction of the modem theatre. Just as Ibsen at one time rebelled against the conventions of romanticism, thereby founding a new school of thought in drama, today Tennessee Williams is leading a revolt against tho restrictions of realism. It is hoped that an analysis of his work at this time will help to determine the direction this revolt is taking.