Streetcar Named Desire One of the true classic of our times, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams, tells the story of a fading Southern belle, Blanche DuBois and her struggles during the South’s post-war changes and throughout the play. Williams uses Blanche as a way to critique Southern “progress” by using her as a symbol for a dark, fundamental existence. The other character is Stanley Kowalski, who is portrayed as someone who lives in the present, tells the truth, and someone who is very rude and crude as a person. Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski have contrasting characteristics and personalities as person and symbolically. When Blanche first met Stanley they immediately developed a strong conflict and resentment towards each other. Blanche is viewed as someone who lies, lives in the past, and someone who is to be very promiscuous, contrary to how Stanley is depicted. These are some of the underlying characteristics that primarily define Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski as how they are portrayed and presented throughout the play. Firstly, the southern belle, Blanche Dubois is typified as someone who prefers to lie to arouse her own pleasure or sensation for existence, which makes her someone who has questionable characteristics as a person. Blanche begins this first when she says, “The Hotel Flamingo is not the sort of establishment I would dare to be seen in.” This statement she has made is a myth as she was seen to have relationship with many men and was kicked out of that hotel because of it. Another lie would be telling Mitch that she was Stella’s younger sister instead of older sister as Blanche wanted to feel wanted by Mitch. Stanley on the other hand is someone who prefers to tell the truth and reality of others. An example would be telling Blanche, “Some people rarely touch it, but it touches them.” This is a reference to Blanche lying about her obsessions with alcohol as she is very engrossed with it but she lies about suggesting she only takes one drink. Another instance would be Stanley telling Stella Blanche calling him “common” when she is dirty, low, and cheap as well. An additional view of Blanche is someone who lives in the past and believes it to be a present as in her mind and the fantasy she lives in is the only thing that exists in the present. Blanche suggested this when she said, “I received a telegram from an old admirer of mine,” when in fact she had no admirer and was trying to cling to a past that was never there. Another instance was suggesting that she never tells the truth and is very defiant of the truth and resents it, preferring to live in the fantasy world. Stanley instead, is someone who lives in the present and is someone who lives in the world of realism and not the past. He shows this when she tells Blanche, “Nobody’s going to get up, so don’t be worried,” from the poker table as Blanche thought the men would get up to respect the women. Another instance would be Stanley telling Blanche, that Stella was going to have a baby and Blanche had a baffled look and that’s why he was interested in “Belle Reve” and the luxuries it had. Lastly Blanche is viewed as someone who is very promiscuous and wanting love. Blanche shows signs of these when she calls a boy bringing a telegram, “Young, Young, man! Has anyone ever told you that you look like a young Prince out of the Arabian Nights?” After she says that she kissed the boy at the lip showing how she is promiscuous and wants attention. Another time would be telling Mitch to marry her and trying to woo him in to marrying her. Stanley on the other hand is very crude and rude towards people. An
A Streetcar Named Desire: Scene Notes – Scene 3
Summary of scene:
· The scene begins with the men playing poker in Stanley’s apartment – Stanley dominates the conversation and is becoming frustrated because he is losing
· Stella and Blanche return from the show. Stanley whacks Stella’s thigh in a primitive gesture of ownership and Blanche meets Mitch as he is coming out of the toilet: he seems very attracted to her.
· Blanche undresses in the light through the portieres…
Stanley Kowalski is a very brutal and barbaric person who always has to feel that no
one is better than him. His brutish and ferocious actions during the play leave the reader
with a bad taste in their mouths. Stanley's brutality is shown in several places during the
duration of The Street Car Named Desire . For example, his first array of brutality is
evident at the poker night when he gets so angry and throws the radio out the window.
Another example of his brutality is displayed when he beats his wife, Stella. Lastly, his
Shares that of her sister i.e. Old, aristocratic, French colonial
Old, aristocratic, French colonial e.g. Blanche to Stella 'You came to New Orleans...abandoned Belle Reve' (Sc 1)
White, polish roots, lower class 'civilian background'
White, very likely that she grew up with a family that also belonged to the middle class.
Destitute – lost job as teacher, family home & reputation. Psychologically unstable
Wed to Stanley with a child on…
In the play “A Streetcar named Desire” you watch as the characters become increasingly hostile towards one another. Both Stanley and Blanche seem like very nice characters, but by the end their true colors begin to show. The person who changes the most in the play was Stanley. In the beginning he and Stella are both very nice, and happy people but as the story progress’s, you watch as Stanley becomes a very violent and angry person towards everyone around him. He begins to snap at everything and…
uestA Streetcar Named Desire: Reading Response Questions Part 2
1) From reading the interview, it is clear that Williams is a troubled man that expresses both his feelings, opinions, and personal issues within his play. He is similar to Blanche in this play, being objectified by society, and not belonging. He incorporates a little bit of himself and those that are around him in the different characters within the play. Just like the gay husband of Blanche, he too was gay, and coped with the disapproval…
of the country hold so dear. They search for a way out of their sad disposition, into a new light. Along the way, many things help guide them to their destination, some representing what they yearn for more than others. In the plays "A Streetcar Named Desire" by…
told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields!” (Scene 1, Page 6)
Sexual desires are a common interest several people tend to have and Blanche Dubois significantly portray and represents the theme of sexual intimacy in A Street Car Named Desire as Tennessee Williams uses allegory, allusion, symbolism, and foreshadow in order to demonstrate how do Blanche’s “trip” through several street cars correspond to the…
Comparing ‘Disco Pigs’ (1996) and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (1947)
Music and the repeated use of it, is a prominent example of how escapism is presented in Tennessee William’s ‘A Street Car Named Desire’ and Enda Walsh’s ‘Disco Pigs’. In Disco Pigs, Runt and Pig immerse themselves into the music playing in the nightclub. Pig repeatedly chanting “jus me jus me jus me jus me jus me!!” whilst the music is playing in the nightclub. The repeated phrase indicates how music is used as a form of escapism…
playwright had before her.
Tennessee Williams was a very influential playwright whose plays were filled complex meanings and ideas. Williams has three very well known plays: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Williams’s most influential play was A Streetcar Named Desire. This play was written in 1947 and published by New Directions that same year. Streetcar is arguably the best show for a critical thinker to see. Williams gives the readers just enough to have them completely…
Compare and contrast the presentation of the sister’s relationship in ‘top girls’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in light of the opinion that “both writers portray their characters as having relationships with their siblings that are dysfunctional and ultimately destructive”.
William and Churchill both display women in a modern society through fictional and real characters. William uses Blanche to display struggles of women in modern society through Blanche’s physical exploitation from Stanley. William…