Streetcar Named Desire

Submitted By ShabrinaD
Words: 439
Pages: 2

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