A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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A Streetcar Named Desire was written by Tennessee Williams in the late 1940s. The play takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. A Streetcar Named Desire is a tragedy about a Mississippi school teacher, Blanche DuBois, who travels to New Orleans to visit her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski. Throughout this play, Williams displays the destruction of Blanche DuBois’ life by alcoholism, her lust for young boys, and Stanley Kowalski. In this play there are distinct differences between Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski’s lifestyles, backgrounds, and personalities. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Williams portrays two completely opposite ways of life within the characters of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. The backgrounds of these two characters play a crucial part in the understanding of the meaning behind this play. Once it is understood where Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski come from, it is much easier to understand the reasoning behind certain events that happen in A Streetcar Named Desire.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois proves to the readers that she is mentally unstable. Her imaginary world that she seems to be living in plays a huge role in the play. Throughout the play, she demonstrates that she is living in a world of illusion and even states, “I don’t want realism. I want magic!” (127) At the beginning of the play, when Stanley Kowalski is going through Blanche’s trunk of things and finds expensive looking jewelry and fur, she…
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