A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams Essay

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A Streetcar Named Desire
In the summer of post World War II in New Orleans, Louisiana lives hard working, hardheaded Stanley and twenty-five year old pregnant, timid Stella Kowalski in a charming two-bedroom apartment on Elysian Fields. Stella’s older sister Blanche Dubois appears in the first scene unexpectedly from Laurel, Mississippi carrying everything she owns. In Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, despite Blanche’s desire to start fresh in New Orleans, her snobbish nature, inability to act appropriately on her desires, and denial of reality all lead to her downfall. Blanche believes that her upper class roots puts her above everyone else including her sister Stella. The two sisters have a heartwarming reunion, but Blanche has resentment towards her sister for leaving her to care for their dying family. While Stella left to start a new life for herself, Blanche’s life went downhill. The deaths were slow and tortuous and lead her to the desire of destruction in her life. Blanche breaks the news to her younger sister that their childhood home Belle Reve has been lost, but fails to explain how.
Throughout the progression of the play Stanley finds out all Blanche’s secrets and we see Blanche’s secrets in a deeper, darker setting. Williams makes it very obvious that we should pay very close attention to Blanche’s first words; “They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at – Elysian
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