One dominant theme in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is the destructiveness of the natural tendency to engage in self-delusion when dealing with life’s difficulties. From the beginning, the main character Blanche seeks to do all she can to convince herself and others that the situations she encounters are better than they truly are. She hides her issues with drinking and the loss of her home, ultimately lying to her sister Stella and Stella’s husband Stanley. Stanley however, is very direct and does not allow Blanche to remain in her perfect world. Consequently, Stanley’s actions become more blunt and harsh as the play progresses which result in a worsening of Blanche’s delusions.
As the viewer can take note, Frank continues to be extremely flirtatious with Mrs. Warren and thus tries to make her give in to temptation. Tracing back to Act II, Mrs. Warren regrets the decision on ever kissing Frank because she knows of the incest taboo which strikes Mrs. Warren with a realization of her moral standing in society. On the other hand, Frank knows of Mrs. Warren’s past by listening to Rev. Samuel talk about the letters he wrote to Mrs. Warren, which later speculates why Frank is acting so flirtatious. Since Frank is seen as a do-nothing penniless man, he has to try his hardest to find a woman who has money and will show him love. That is why Frank acts disgusted behind Mrs. Warren’s back; he acts distasted because Frank knows
Abigail is convinced that John Proctor is in love with her and is desperate for him to show her that. She is greedy for his love and affection which is why she uses every opportunity to try and get him to admit to his love by flirting with him, such as when she says “Give me a word John. A soft word” (22). Abigail is also desperate for power within the community. She gains her power by manipulating the other girls into following her and pushing her sins onto other people, such as when she taunted Mary Warren in the courthouse to save her own skin by saying “Envy is a deadly sin, Mary” (115).
Myrtle is accustomed to living an underprivileged life where feminine power engulfs her, but Tom is too egotistical to allow Myrtle to speak with such authority to him. Similarly, Gatsby’s need for assurance from Daisy pressures her into revealing to Tom that she never loved him (Fitzgerald 132). Deep down, Daisy knows that she truly did love Tom once, but Gatsby’s assertiveness and persistence drives her over the edge to telling Tom that what the two of them shared meant nothing to her. Daisy’s attribute of being a pushover is revealed immensely because she refuses to stand up for herself. Daisy is used to enabling Tom to constantly control all aspects of her life, and that leaves her powerless in society.
Abigail’s jealousy is what ultimately drives her to the edge of reason. Abigail’s intense jealousy is exemplified in Act II lines 162-168 when John and Elizabeth are discussing the situation. “It is her dearest hope, I know it. There be a thousand names; why does she call mine? There be a certain danger in calling such a name—I am no Goody Good that sleeps in ditches, nor Osburn, drunk and half-witted.
They weren't in love. The reason Curley probably even wanted to marry her was for companionship. Sadly, no matter how much time the two spend together, it will always be resentment on her
Although, because the love is so blinding, it eschews Blanche’s vision and she fails to see the true nature of her lover and the situation. Blanche is describing a situation where she truly experienced too much of a good thing. Additionally, the metaphor of her love being “in the quicksands” (114) creates a mental image for the reader of someone struggling to make the love work, but not being able to. The love was doomed from the start to eventually sink into
After John Proctor and Abigail Williams lechery prior to the play. It had created the leading emotion of jealousy and mistrust Elizabeth has for Abigail. Elizabeth Proctor shows signs of jealousy because she still believes that some of her husband's reluctance is rooted in the fact that he still has feelings for
Have you ever been blinded by the emotions jealousy and greed? Jealousy and greed can confuse you and act as if they are love. In the book The Crucible, one of the main characters surrendered to the lust of her “love” and ended up being the reason for many innocent killings, even the one of her love. For this reason I strongly believe jealousy and greed had the biggest impact on the book. Though I can see how some readers may think vengeance had the biggest impact on this book, Abigail's jealousy of Elizabeth Proctor led her to tell lies and her greed of wanting John Proctor’s love all to herself, drove her to start the killings of innocent people.
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
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.
A Street Car Named Desire is a play written by Tennessee Williams, which slowly uncovers Blanche’s prior life. Her troubled past causes her a lot of trouble when she tries to start over. She used to work as a teacher in Mississippi, however, she was forced to leave after she was caught having an affair with one of the students. This was typical behavior for Blanche since she had previously taken many lovers. Since she had such a hard time in Mississippi, she decides to move to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella, and her husband, Stanley, in hopes of escaping her past.
In the play A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams, the main character, Blanche DuBois, travels to New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski. Throughout the play, sexulaity is seen as a strong motivator for many of the characters actions. Early in the play, Stanley is introduced as a particularly sexual character, “ Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence... He sizes women up with a glance, with sexual classifications…” (Williams 25).
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams exhibits the worst of human nature. Stanley, the antagonist, best exemplifies the terrible qualities of humans. Stanley is brutal, animalistic, and possessive. Stanley’s malicious personality is seen through the poker night, his descriptions in the play, and the Napoleonic Code.