The Theme Of Desire In A Streetcar Named Desire

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The title of the play is mentioned when Blanche is muttering to herself in Scene 1, ‘They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at – Elysian Fields.’, which is effective as it encourages the audience to realise the importance of these different locations. Blanches desire is what she has followed which has led to a kind of death within herself. This is suggested in the name ‘Cemeteries’. The noun ‘Desire’ is used here to refer to Blanche’s past, both with Allan and in Laurel. The desire that she experienced with Allan was a desire for love which led her to temporarily ignore his attraction to males. Blanches desire for love was presented as more of a desperation when…show more content…
Blanche tells Mitch ‘then the searchlight which had been turned on the world was turned off again and never for one moment since has there been any light stronger than this – kitchen - candle …’ in which she refers to Allan as a searchlight which went out when he killed himself. Moths are known for being attracted to light, which inevitably kills them. The moth was Blanche and the light was Allan, who she loved but couldn’t have so her actions led to his suicide. This loss could be argued to be the beginning of Blanches downfall. The noun ‘searchlight’ is used to describe a powerful, concentrated beam that is used to guide, however Blanches love for Allan ends up blinding her reality. Then when Allan dies and the searchlight is turned off, Blanche is left stumbling in the dark and not wanting the lights to be turned on again. The pauses between the words ‘kitchen’ and ‘candle’ could have been used to show how Blanche is overcome with emotions so is having trouble to get the words out. These emotions could be due to her talking about Allan, or they could be due to the lack of ‘light’ in her life so she is, therefore, stumbling upon words as if struggling to find them in the darkness. Blanche is directly mentioned to…show more content…
The adjective ‘white’ is often used to represent light in contrast with darkness, as Allan is to Blanche, but also as Blanche’s personality contrasted the clothes she wore. ‘white’ can be used to describe innocence, good, and cleanliness which is how Blanche wishes herself to be portrayed. The moon reflects the light from the sun, Allan being the sun and Blanche reflecting his light. This light being reflected could be her love or happiness from when Allan was alive. A synonym for the phrase ‘turned off’ is leave, as Allan did. Blanche then didn’t have a ‘searchlight’ to reflect so her personality became dark and so did the world around her as she didn’t want to be seen in the light. Blanche could also be afraid of the light due to fact that Allan was taken so suddenly and she feels responsible so she doesn’t want to lose someone again as she would not be able to cope. ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in the light’ This use of the noun ‘light’ could be describing Mitch as he is the new light that Blanche is afraid, which could be the reason she doesn’t want to kiss him because she doesn’t want to fall in love with Mitch as she fell in love with Allan but lost him. Also, this may be because sex and
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