A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a play written by Tennessee Williams. Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi but with a different name. He changed his name from Thomas Lanier Williams to what the readers know today as Tennessee Williams. (Forman). Williams is widely known for his plays, short stories, and poems across the world. He has won many awards for his work such as The New York Critics’ Circle Award and 2 Pulitzer awards. The play “A Streetcar Named Desire he won his first Pulitzer Prize. Williams uses his writing as therapy to escape the world around him (Henthorne). Williams, however, used his personal struggles with homosexuality, alcoholism, abuse, and madness to tell the story, “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Mays). Homosexuality was a taboo subject during Williams’s life. He used this controversial topic in “A Streetcar Named Desire” to invite readers to understand how judgmental society could be. Many of Williams plays involved a gay character. Williams himself was gay which connected hi to the plays. In “A Streetcar Named Desire” the homosexual character is Blanche’s husband, Allan. Blanche does not find out Allan is gay until she walks into a room and finds her husband with an older man that has been his life long friend (May1819). He later commits suicide because Blanche says to him “I saw! I know! You disgust me…” (Mays 1819). Blanche’s comment represents how many individuals durning the 1950’s felt about the topic of homosexuality. One critic, Hirsch
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