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,…show more content…
After this description of Stanley, it is almost a given that he views Blanche in an explicitly sexual way, as proven in scene ten when he rapes her. “Why on our wedding night – soon as we came in here – he snatched off one of my slippers and rushed about the place smashing the light-bulbs with it.” (Scene 4, Line 18-20) Stella let Stanley be intentionally violent and animalistic towards her, which shows the power he has over her sexually, and the bond that they have formed by sex. (Stella) “But there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark – that sort of make everything else seem – unimportant.” (Blanche) “What you are talking about is brutal desire–just–Desire!–the name of that rattle-trap street-car that bangs through the Quarter” (Scene 4, Line 103-104) Desire is what got both Blanche and Stella in their situation in the first place, Blanche being kicked out of Belle Reve, and Stella being the victim of domestic abuse.. Also, Blanche is describing desire, which is lust, drive, etc., as vulgar, which is very hypocritical, in response as to what her sister said. “Dramatists often draw upon well-established forms from earlier periods, openly exploiting their audience’s knowledge to modulate their response. In this, Williams is no different; in both Streetcar and the preceding Summer and Smoke he employs the pattern of the medieval morality play.” A Streetcar Named Desire can be related to the
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