Streetcar Named Desire Analysis

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In the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire” written by Tennessee Williams opens in New Orleans in the 1940’s with complex of conflicting emotions and it creates tension between the central characters. This play also is also about a woman name Blanche DuBois who comes to New Orleans to live off her sister’s charity after losing her home. She was exiled from her hometown for seducing a seventeen year boy at the school in Mississippi. Her sister’s husband Stanley points out to Blanche that whatever the sister has the husband has to also, the husband wants to find everything about her and the friction becomes between the two characters. The significance of the title “A Streetcar Named Desire” comes from a streetcar that was on Desire Street and the…show more content…
The desire for Blanche was to symbolize life and be young so she would sleep with men to experience her life. The sad thing about all this is that Blanche felt bad morally and a part of her died inside. Once Blanche loses everything to Laurel, she comes to New Orleans on the streetcar and gets on the streetcar cemetery. There are many symbols and themes to Blanche character. The title of the play relates to desire and conflict. Blanche calls the name of her streetcar desire because desire made her move out of town because of her reputation in Mississippi to feel young and sexy. Desire stands for her “desire” to stay sexy and young forever, but in reality she is getting old. Blanche hides all her oldness from staying out of certain lights, and seducing younger men to get pleasure to feel good…show more content…
The author Tennessee Williams shows us readers that the play will create a contrast between the characters which will lead to conflict, the conflict will bring out sympathy and the truth. The play will draw the reader’s attention of Blanche’s role in the play. She is a flawed character that seduces young men to get desire and she hides the truth from her sister about her past in Laurel, Mississippi until she tells her sister that Stanley raped her. Despite of Blanche’s acts, Stanley deserves the sympathy because his family is being teared apart because of lies and secrets. Blanche’s acts causes a discord in sister’s family and a dual purpose of harming herself. Stanley’s acts in the play towards Blanche was to protect his family from the lies and to get the truth, on the other hand, he shouldn’t have raped Blanche. He destroyed Blanche mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout the play so he can regain his power and life with his family before she arrived. He wanted to have a healthy environment around his wife and their unborn child not secrets and lies. Although, Stanley raped and destroyed Blanche, Stella still stayed with him because she love him and he desires her but she also talked with her sister Blanche and bonded on the porch of the
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