A Streetcar Named Desire is one of my favorite plays ever. The play has such grit, in my opinion, relatability and passion show through diction. Blanche DuBois, who is a school teacher, arrives in Louisiana at her sister Stella Kowalski which seems out of sort because she has not been in contact with her sister for some time now. Blanche is an aging southern belle who lives in a fantasy world where she believes she is still wealthy and a socialite. She even goes as far as to fabricate a relationship with a suitor named Shep Huntleigh. If I’m not mistaken she had a relationship with Shep in the past but has not been with him for years. In reality Blanche has some mental issues, which are not shown to the audience in full perspective until toward the end of the play, an in the closet alcoholic and has no real self-respect left. Blanche wants everyone to believe that her fantasy world is actually a reality but her brother-in law Stanley sees right through her façade and is determined to find out exactly what is going on. Stanley figures out during a poker game that the story Blanche has told everyone when she arrived was just that a story. While Stella is at the hospital giving birth to her and Stanley’s child, Stanley goes back to the their apartment clearly drunk and Blanche revels to Stanley that she will be leaving New Orleans very soon with her suitor. Stanley who obviously knows that Blanche is lying just entertains her and offers her a drink to celebrate. When Blanche tries to move past Stanley to get to another part of the apartment Stanley refuses and forces himself
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…
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…