The Characters in A Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire is a classic tragedy written by Tennessee Williams, which earned him the Pulitzer Prize as well as many other awards. This brilliant play explores many important themes and issues. The main recurring theme Williams explores to the readers is the conflict between fantasy and reality, honesty and lies. However, sexuality, violence, and social differences also shape the action of the plot, in which they contribute to the effect of the characters of the play. The three main characters, Blanche Dubois, Stella Kowalski, and Stanley Kowalski, have different ways of dealing with the said conflicts in their harsh surroundings in which they live in, as they all face different crisis. Blanche, who suffers from emotional and inner conflict, is caught between two worlds and tries to escape reality and the truth as much as she possibly can with her imagination. Stella on the other hand, is a naïve and sensitive character, and may be considered to be the protagonist of the play. Stella tries to ignore the truth going on around her, and as harsh as they may be, she accepts them. Stanley, who is an aggressive, dominant, and sexual character, uses violence to receive his desire, no matter the cost. Throughout this play, Blanche, Stella, and Stanley try to survive and deal with reality in different ways in order to satisfy their desire.

Blanche DuBois is the most interesting character in A Streetcar Named Desire. This is because she has an amazing ability of making her fantasy seem like reality. From the beginning of the play, Blanche is already represented as an unstable woman. She has lost her fortune and residence due to creditors, and has turned to her younger sister for nurture. As the play develops, Blanche’s tr...

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...of the two worlds was sent to a mental institution. Stanley on the other hand, is a very controlling and brute character. He believes that he is the master of his house and that everything should be going according to him. When he feels like his superiority is threatened, he uses violence to retain his power. He does anything and everything to maintain his dominance. After raping and sending Blanche to a mental institute, he feels that he has completed his revenge from her, and is once again the master of his home and wife. Stella suffers from her husband’s bad temper. Despite that Stanley uses violence to get her to obey. However, she has now accustomed to his aggressive ways and has gotten along with the harsh reality surrounding her. Even after hearing that her husband raped her sister, she chose to believe the guilty and punish the innocent by sending her away.
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