A Streetcar Named Desire was produced and directed in 1951 by Elia Kazan. Based on the play written by Tennessee Williams, the film follows Blanche DuBois as she leaves her beloved hometown, Belle Reeve, and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski and husband, Stanley. Blanches flirtatious but traumatized personality causes problems for Stella and Stanley whose relationship is based off of sexual desires. Blanche is going through a battle in which she finds herself guilty for her late husbands suicide and this distress eventually leads to a huge conflict in the Kowalski household. Vivien Leigh played the dramatic Blanch DuBois and received an Oscar for the best female in a leading role.
this chapter my aim is to examine a classic A Streetcar Named Desire from the before mentioned partly theoretical point of views (performative theoretical, psychological and a gender interactional point of view) in order to prove my Thesis that verbal violence has become more brutal and more dominant in American plays. On the historical context, Abbotson says that it shows a picture on a postwar urban-industrialized society. Its great protagonist Blanche for many critics is a fallen myth of the great antebellum South, where perfect women were supposed to marry charming guys and to live happily ever after on their fields (49). Regardless her efforts, Blanche is no longer a Southern belle, she is a once fired ex-teacher who had sexual relations with young boys and her no stability in her life (49).
4.1 Findings of this thesis A Streetcar Named Desire is regarded as a classical quality of tragedy. It is worth mentioning that the characters in A Streetcar Named Desire are created by a male writer, and is mainly concerned with the predicament of the individual versus society. The feminism reflects on Blanche shows Tennessee Williams’ humanistic solicitude on women in 20th century, which stimulates the introspection of female circumstances in industrial civilized society. On the basis of analysis above, this research proposes the complex nature of the problem of women being underrepresented in history.
In literature, the presence the outsider can be traced from ancient Greek dramas to modern literature, from Medea to the Underground Man. Most of the literary works pertaining to the outsider focus on the conflict between the outsider and the insider, conflicts that arise from the Otherness of the outsider. For example, in Jane Eyre, the Otherness of the titular protagonist—her fiery spirit and her subverting idea of equality based on individual merits rather than social status—leads to her alienation and conflicts with the insider wherever she goes. However, Tennessee Williams, in A Streetcar Named Desire, explored a different dynamic—namely the conflict between two outsiders, Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois. In the domestic sphere
The play A Streetcar named desire, is written by Tennessee Williams with the incorporation of Arthur Miller, who wrote the introduction of the play. A few years later, Arthur Miller wrote Death of a Salesman. Both plays have similarities since they were published a few years after World War II. Almost all of the characters from both plays have some type of a connection due to the roles they play. Blanche and Willy have this desperation and need for money, and living the life they dream of.
The play “A Streetcar Named Desire” is about an emotionally unstable lady named Blanche. She moves in with her youngest sister and her husband because the landlord took the land away from Blanche because they could not pay for it anymore. After being their for a while Blanche starts remembering her horrible past which is something she was trying to do in the first place. The husband of Stella, Stanley Kowalski was also someone that made Blanche’s life miserable for complicating everything and harassing her in every possible way. Death is one of the most symbolic terms in this play.
In the Novel A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams the theme is Illusion vs. reality. it involves sketchy Blanche, she has been lying to everyone. she's been acting pure and innocent but the truth is she’s not. two examples of this is The naked light bulb and Blanches white dress.
In the play written by Tennessee Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the reader is introduced to the protagonist, a lady by the name of Blanche, who struggles to better herself, help her sister Stella, and leave her past experiences behind. Throughout the play, Blanche is verbally abused by Stanley and the reader sees this when Blanche finally stands up for herself and quotes, “Poems a dead boy wrote. I hurt him the way that you would like to hurt me, but you can’t” (1793). It seems that Blanche still feels guilty and takes the blame for the death of her husband, but she is also done with Stanley antagonizing her. When Stanley is going through her belonging, she can already tell he is dangerous and has bad intentions of hurting others.
Uncontrolled Desire and Its Effects on Character’s Life Ayat Al Roumi Department of English, Faculty of Letters And Human Sciences, Lebanese University Abstract Sex drive is influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors. And if this desire isn’t controlled would lead to a destruction in all his forms.
Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Missouri in 1911. Williams is considered to be one of the three most famous playwrights of the 20th century for American Drama. In 1947, one of his best works, A Streetcar Named Desire was released to the public. The play was set to be the exact year in which it was written (“Tennessee Williams”). The play begins as character Blanche Dubois arrives to her destination after getting off a streetcar named Cemeteries.