Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire has a setting off back in time when there were not any cell phones and when not very many people had cars and could not just drive from place to place anytime they wanted. In Tennessee Williams’s play, it is clear that none of his characters have a lot of money that they could just spend on what they like. When Stella’s sister, Blanche, comes to visit, it is not what Stella thinks it is for. Blanche needs her help, because everything and everyone in her life have left her or had passed away, leaving her with nothing but a broken heart.
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.
Bianca D’Aguanno 12/24/17 A Streetcar Named Desire Scene 1: Street: Elysian FIelds, New Orleans “Raffish charm” Blanche= white in french symbolises truth and purity Stanley Kowalski loud-colored bowling jacket and work clothes symbolises his spunk carrying "a red-stained package. " sexual symbol Blanche later describes him to Stella-"survivor of the stone age! Bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle; and you — you here — waiting for him."
In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Williams shows that when one chooses to blind themselves in order to obtain desire, one sets up ruin. He emphasizes his meaning with symbols. Williams focuses on symbols that suggest enlightenment or ignorance in order to make his audience aware of the main characters chosen blind spots; as well as, their desires and the impacts that their blind spots and desires have. Williams meaning first appears when Stanley hits Stella.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams distinguishes the masculinity and femininity of Blanche and Stanley by establishing the range of emotions and behaviors each character demonstrates during interactions with other people. Throughout the scenes in A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams has repeatedly characterized Stanley Kowalski having animalistic behavior and developing masculinity. Initially, Williams depicted Stanley as a white collar everyday individual when Stella shows her sister, Blanche, a picture of Stanley as a Sergeant in the Army. In the beginning of the novel, Stanley was light and playful with Stella, especially when he teased Stella before going to the bowling alley to hang out with his friends.
In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, themes of insanity and fanciful realities are shown. Three main characters portray the quality of insanity, but only Blanche is aware of her self-delusion. Stella and Stanley are more out of touch with reality than Blanche because Stella does not realize the extremes of her abusive relationship, she also would rather retreat into a world of fantasy in order to avoid reality, and Stanley is only himself when he is intoxicated. Stella is more mentally unstable than Blanche because she is unable to realize how serious her abusive relationship is. Time and time again, Stanley oversteps his boundaries into abusive territory.
The article “Beyond the Hedonic Treadmill” states that the original treadmill theory by Brickman and Campbell “proposed that people briefly react to good and bad events, but in a short time they return to neutrality” (Diener, Lucas, and Scollon 305). Each human experience results in a behavioral response, either conscious or unconscious. The degree of each response is unique to every individual and the specific experience. Similarly, the way that people cope with an event is a direct reflection of their temperament.
Throughout the play A Streetcar Named Desire, author Tennessee Williams relies heavily on gender roles and societal expectations during that time period. Tennessee Williams uses this technique not only in this play, but also across most of his other works. The societal expectations and stereotypes of each gender play a big role in the characterization of the characters in Williams’ works. The objective of this essay is to further examine the stereotypical gender roles in A Streetcar Named Desire and how they build the characterization of Blanche, Stella, and Stanley. Gender roles and stereotypes have existed since the beginning of time and more likely than not will continue to exist in the future.
Examining Marriage in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee William’s 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire takes place in Elysian Fields, New Orleans, and portrays the marital situation of this time. This play illustrates conflict over the marriage of Stella and Stanley. This marriage can be seen as strict, and controlling but also full of lust.
During the era of A Streetcar named desire (1947) and Death of a Salesman (1949), money and social status had power over peoples lives. In that sense, people were labeled for what they had. And the fast that money had power over the characters lives in both books, it showed that their world revolved around it. It also had so much power in the sense that both of the books ended in a negative note. So, i believe that Death Of a Salesman by Authur Miller and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams connected in a sense that money created problems between the characters.