A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really” -Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams was one of the most daring authors of his time, and still known as one of the best; because of his many bold, provocative, and inspiring works. He especially used A Streetcar Named Desire to express what he has gone through and what he felt in his life. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams uses sexuality and abuse to create awareness in the reader on the social taboos of society.
“They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields!” (Scene 1, Line 16) Elysian Fields is a place from the Greeks that you go to after death, and it is a metaphor of Blanche’s own death, not physical but morally, socially, and emotionally.
“Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes. Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens. He sizes women up with a glance, with sexual clarifications, crude images flashing into his mind and determining the way he smiles at them. ” (Scene 1, Line 205) Stanley views women as sexual objects, and gets off on his…
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