A Streetcar Named Desire “A Streetcar Named Desire” is a symbolic and mythical play by Tennessee Williams. The author’s successful play focuses on social matter and the everyday life of the characters. The characters in this play include Blanche DuBois, who travels on a streetcar named desire to visit her sister, Stella, in New Orleans. Through the play, several unusual acts happen such as the violence towards women, male dominance and a tense relationship occurs between Blanche and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Also Blanche realizes her sister’s attachment and affection towards her husband who has a rough and harsh character throughout the story.
After Blanche was raped and Stella did not believe what had happened, she falsely told her sister “…the rest of [her] time [she] is going to spend on the sea…”(pg. 148) when in reality she was just leaving because of the rape. Blanche often made up stories to escape the humiliation in her life. Within A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams characters demonstrate that how one views one’s self is not always realistic. People tend to lie to one’s self to make reality seem superior.
Stanley attacked Blanche and she did not want him to do that. She was so terrified that she grab a bottle and hit Stanley with it. The straw that really broke the camel 's back was when “Stanley raped
Character Analysis of Blanche DuBois One of the main characters in a play by Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire is Blanche DuBois. Blanche is a victim of her upbringing and the changing times she lives in. She was born to aristocratic family and raised to be taken care of. This romantic, art, music and poetry loving soul is unprepared for the world she lives in and she is deeply affected by all the tragedies in her life. She is a tragic character, who is unable to exist in the world which surrounds her so she makes up a better world in her imagination.
Blanche needs help and is hoping that her sister will take her under her wing. Blanche and Stella are both from the old south raised with values, but the values mean nothing to either one of the girls. Williams’s play, A Streetcar Named Desire, displays the theme of cruelty and violence through the relationship of Blanche and Stanley. The relationship is seen in the way he treats her throughout the play, in the final scenes when he
Throughout the play A Streetcar Named Desire the author; Tennessee Williams illustrates the main characters, Stanley, Stella, Mitch and Blanche with these stereotypes. The play takes place in the 1950s in New Orleans containing a diverse population. However, is race discriminated against, those who go against classifed gender roles are often discriminated and have trouble finding their way in society. Although gender equality has
A Streetcar Named Desire looks at the issue of reintegration into a new world, as Thomas P. Adler very well pointed out (3). The old values were blown off by the cold breeze of a new era, leaving people with no alternative but to renegotiate their status. Thus, it follows naturally that the characters themselves encapsulate antagonistic perspectives upon the world. “Stanley and Blanche’s clash is not human against human but rather species against species” (Bak 2). Blanche DuBois stands for everything that the Old South represented: old-fashioned values, the decaying aristocratic class, the imagistic pastoral sensitiveness (Prince 3).
A Streetcar Named Desire can be seen as a modern tragedy because Blanche, who could be considered protagonist, is working against a tide of unstoppable change. Whereas protagonists in other tragedies work mainly against their own mistakes and flaws, Blanche must also deal with the changing times in America: The industrialization of the South during and after WWI and WWII, the end of the old plantations, immigrants, like the Polish Stanley, moving into the South. In Blanche's mind these indicate the end of simplicity, and she fails to cope with the realities. American literature after WWII often relies on these same themes of change in tragedy. The protagonist not only has no control over their tragic flaw, but also cannot navigate the outside world which once was simple.
Born Thomas Williams, Tennessee Williams wrote the Pulitzer prize winning play, “A Streetcar Named Desire” in which he was able to portray social realism in New Orleans through a woman who desires to be young again. Unable to accept her true fate, Blanche Dubois set the main theme in, “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Constantly lying about her age, forcing her sexuality, and her inability to overcome reality are all attempts to make herself appear more desirable to young men. Ultimately, Blanche does these things because she believes that the opposite of death is desire and that is how she will stay alive. Almost demanding to be desirable, she ultimately created her own spiritual death.