Music plays a huge role in the plot and character developments throughout A Streetcar Named Desire by revealing hidden truths about the characters. The inclusion of the musical composition It’s Only A Paper Moon leads to deeper discoveries: the exposures of Blanche and Stanley’s true identities. By contrasting It’s Only A Paper Moon with Stanley’s aggressive dialogue during scene seven, Tennessee Williams forces viewers to side with Blanche and her internal belief that in order to live a life where you are truly happy, it is necessary to forsake some truths and start anew.
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
Any dramatic work is written with the main purpose of being represented on stage. Therefore, the action is woven around a catchy conflict, which becomes the pillar of the play. Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire gained its immorality as a result of the multi-angled conflict that brings alive such a broad construction. Naturally enough, the play caught the attention of many critics, among which Thomas P. Adler who praised “Williams’ ability to capture something of the complexity of the novel within the dramatic form” (9). With its carefully organized structure, the contrasts and dichotomies seem to dominate the plot.
Would one rather accept reality- death, sickness, loneliness- or explore a pretend world of happy endings? Tennessee Williams’ exceptional play, “A Streetcar Named Desire” brilliantly showcases the struggle to accept reality through all the loss and sadness rather than imaginary happiness. Blanche tries to wash away her past and hide her present from her family and Mitch, all while Stella ignores the truths of their dysfunctional marriage, and Mitch is struggling with the inevitable death of his mother. Throughout the play, the ugly truth is overlooked and replaced by a string of beautiful lies. “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams portrays the inability to accept reality rather than the imaginary through Blanche’s past and present,
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.
There are many times throughout the play where Stanley shows signs of having a napoleonic complex to have authority over women such as Blanche and Stella. Napoleonic Complex is overly aggressive domineering behavior. Many times in the play where Stanley shows his domineering behavior. “I don 't want no ifs ands or buts! Whats all the rest of them papers?”
First performed in 1947, A Streetcar Named Desire, is considered to be one of Tennessee Williams’ greatest works. Detailing the weeks in which thirty-year-old Blanche DuBois stays with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, Stanley, the play tells a story of unrequited love, the dangers of dreams, and the inevitable reality of life. Through each act, Blanche becomes increasingly unstable and this downfall culminates in a complete nervous breakdown. This breakdown is not caused by a single event, but rather, a long history of triggers. Prior to arriving in Elysian Fields, Blanche has survived the death of her husband and her subsequent sexually promiscuous lifestyle.
Identity conjures up an image of self-regard statically set in the beholder’s environment. However, identity is an active interplay between self-regard and the environment. This interplay takes center stage in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire, as Blanche Dubois moves in with her sister Stella and brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski in New Orleans. Upon her arrival, Blanche and her grandiose air offend Stanley.
We all had time when, after finishing the movie, we thought of the possibilities of the movie character’s life in a modern day. When we feel sorry for the certain movie characters, we say to ourselves or people around us that things would be different if the same scenario happened in a today’s world. The film, “Blue Jasmine” (2013) by Woody Allen is a reference to the “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951) by Tennessee Williams. The “Blue Jasmine” has so many similarities with everything on the “ A Streetcar Named Desire” but at the same time, holds so many differences including different setting and even holds different significant themes. The “Blue Jasmine” does not contain the same characters with the same characteristics to show that even some of their characteristics would be different if they were in a different time period such as the modern day.
Williams is known for his powerfully written psychological dramas. Through the language used in this play one can easily recognize the conflict between the sensitive, neurotic Blanche Dubois and the crude, animalistic Stanley Kowaliski. By analyzing the dialogue of this text, the reader can easily understand the way in which the lines are meant to be projected and one can clearly see their emotions and feelings at any specific time of the events (Kolin 52). Concerning language, there are two levels of language are used in A Streetcar Named Desire, the words spoken by the characters in the play and the text of the stage directions. The dialogue is used to enable the reader to create an image of the characters, to decide if it’s
Literature and film go hand in hand. They both have themes, characters, plots and tragedies. Although they are similar, one you can hold in your hand, and the other you just view on a screen. Literature is a special thing because you can picture what you think is happening. You can picture the setting, the characters, how each shot has a certain angle.
Often in literature, metaphor and double-entendre is used to heighten tension between characters, whether it be sexual or otherwise. This is the case in Scene 4 in Tennesee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, where tension between Stella and Blanche is created as Blanche questions the nature of Stella's relationship with her husband, Stanley. At the start of the extract, it is clear that Blanche does not truly believe in love, telling Stella that she will laugh if Stella says meeting Stanley was like 'one of those mysterious electric things'. This is a metaphor for an orgasm, and this adds tension as it not only shows Blanche is skeptical about love, but also it presents the idea that she believes that Stanley and Stella's relationship is soley about fulfilling eachother's sexual desires.