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). …show more content…
The pressure of his sister being mentally ill and his parent’s conflict was stressful for Williams, (Henthorne). Similarly when Blanche first arrives in New Orleans with her sister, Blanche just lost her husband; she was fired from work, and she lost the home. Blanche turns to alcohol to calm her nerves. Blanche says, “No coke, honey, not with my nerves tonight! Where-Where-Where is-?” (Mays 1781). Blanche calms her nerves by the sensation of alcohol. It seems however that she has become unaffected by drinking. Later in the play Blanche is described in scene nine as “she is drinking to escape it and the sense of disaster closing in on her.” (Mays 1828). Abuse was rampant in Tennessee Williams home as a child and reflected in his characters. In Tennessee Williams had a good idea of what abuse was from his father. His father was a violent drunk who did not get along with Tennessee’s mother, according to a critic named Susan Henthorne. Henthorne believes that Williams’s parents fought a lot and this is why couples in the play fight most the time. His father in “A Streetcar Named Desire” reminds many readers of Stanley and steve. Stanley, Williams antagonist, reflects the violent behavoiors of Williams dad. Stanley is characterized as a drunk crazy animal with a violent temper (Mays).For example, in scene three Stanley hits Stella because he gets angry. This is a perfect example of Tennessee Williams father who more
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