The play “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams is a story of taboos from the 1950’s. The story begins with the arrival of a young southern belle named Blanche DuBois at the house of her sister in New Orleans. As the play continues deceit, romance, and conflict follow Blanche and her sister Stella. The addition of Stella’s husband Stanley, Tennessee Williams creates an catalyst to the taboos he desires for his story.In the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” Tennessee Williams shows the inevitability of change through the symbols of sex, alcohol, and appearances.
In Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the dueling personalities between Blanche and Stanley have either been conflicting or similar. Both characters have a mutual love, Stella, they have a very different idea of how Stella should live her life. These characters come from two totally different backgrounds which causes them to clash often. Blanche grew up very wealthy on an estate called Belle Reve.
In Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, there are extreme themes of sexual desire and eroticism. This is especially apparent in the characterization of Blanche DuBois, a pretentious upper class southern belle with strong erotic tendencies and an ostentatious personality. Coming from a rich life to having no money and no one to love has caused a complete shift in her personality. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois’ overt sexual desires, inability to accept reality, and unwillingness to let go of the past leads to her ultimate undoing.
Blanche flees a failed company and a failed marriage in an attempt to find refuge in her sister’s home. Through her whirlwind of emotions, the reader can see Blanche desires youth and beauty above all else, or so the readers think. In reality, she uses darkness to hide the true story of her past. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams, uses the motif of light to reveal Blanche’s obsession with living in a fantasy world until the light illuminates her reality. Blanche uses darkness to block her past from onlookers as to control her image.
It is Blanche’s obsessive desire for a clean slate that ultimately drives her streetcar into destruction. With each lie she tells, the last lie becomes a reality to her, and once her delusional reality begins to fade, Blanche recedes into a dark hole where neither she or anyone else could ever truly see herself
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.
Williams’ major female character in A Streetcar Named Desire is Blanche. Blanche is an aging Southern beautiful woman who lives in a state of permanent panic about her fading beauty. Blanche is fatally divided, swinging between the desire to be a young, beautiful lady who concerned with old-fashioned southern ways and a bohemian erring excessive in her appetites. In New Orleans, Blanche hides her real age and vicious past as she tries to attract an appropriate husband to clean up her life (Abbotson50).The loss of security has sent Blanche on a desperate search for protection: “I’ve run for protection Stella, from under one leaky roof to another leaky roof –because it was storm –all storm, and i was caught in the center” (v.114). She believes that marriage is the only way to escape loneliness and the bad reputation that haunts her.
In Tennessee William’s play, A street Car Named Desire, the author introduces a character named Blanche Dubois who is described as a southern bell. She is revealed to the readers as a complex person. Desperate need of attention, Blanche who is Stella’s older sister, arrives to visit Stella and her husband, Stanley, in New Orleans. As Stanley and Blanche are introduced, he acquires a dislike for Blanche. Through a careful analysis of Blanche in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar
Williams’ major female character in A Streetcar Named Desire is Blanche. Blanche is an aging Southern beautiful woman who lives in a state of permanent panic about her fading beauty. Blanche is fatally divided, swinging between the desire to be a young, beautiful lady who concerned with old-fashioned southern ways and a bohemian erring excessive in her appetites. In New Orleans, Blanche hides her real age and vicious past as she tries to attract an appropriate husband to clean up her life (Abbotson50).The loss of security has sent Blanche on a desperate search for protection: “I’ve run for protection Stella, from under one leaky roof to another leaky roof –because it was storm –all storm, and i was caught in the center” (v.114).
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).
Discussion and analysis Blanche’s love of younger men This play opens its scene with the motif of desire and death. When Blanche arrives in her delicate beauty that “suggests a moth”, she states, “they told me to take a streetcar named desire, and then transfer to one called cemeteries and ride six blocks to get off at Elysian Fields!” as if these early lines are a prediction for Blanche’s stages of
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.
Blanche DuBois in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire appears as a normal woman at the beginning of the play. However, as the play progresses, Blanche becomes what seems to be delusional. She refuses to accept the reality of things instead, choosing to make up a new persona of herself completely hiding her past from her family and even Mitch. Blanche hates the light, takes long baths and even drinks.
Blanche DuBois is the protagonist of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a tragic story of a woman that wanted to feel desire and love once more, even if short lived. She uses the excuse that Stanley is worse than her and that he is a brute and no better than her. Blanche is ambitious, anxious, fearful, inconsiderate, secretive, self-doubting, kind, quiet, visionary, careless, biased, underhanded. Blanche, who is in her late thirties struggles to find a man that will be with her for the remaining part of her life because of being too old for most men that simply use her. She had originally married off to a young man when she was 15.
From the very beginning of the play the theme of desire is portrayed. As Blanche arrives in town, she states that she took a streetcar named desire. As the play progresses, it is easy to see that the streetcar is symbolic of Blanche 's desire for love affairs. She has to feel loved and wanted in order to find comfort and peace in her life. The second streetcar that she takes, Cemetery, is also symbolic because it was her lust and desire that caused her rejection from society.