A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams Essay

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams

In this piece of coursework i will assess how effectively the director understands the play and how she translates this knowledge when making the film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh and I will be weighing up the similarities/differences between the first scene of the film and the first scene of the play.

The director of the film A Streetcar Named Desire represents the first stage direction of the play very well. The description given in the first stage direction is very similar to the first shots that we get of the film which is of Elysian Fields and it runs between the L&N tracks of the river. In this shot we see the grey, old, rickety and …show more content…

Here are some the first visual impressions of the three main characters from the film:


The first visual impression that i get from Blanche is that she immediately does not fit in because her clothes are to smart and posh for this area of New Orleans. The next thing I noticed is that Blanche has a very quiet, clear, posh voice which tells me that she enjoys being posh. The only problems with Blanche is that she is an alcoholic and her mind is very unstable because she keeps re-living her husbands suicide as we see at the end of Act1, Scene1.


Stella is married to Stanley and she is the younger sister of Blanche. Stella often seems immature compared to Blanche because Blanche bosses her around a lot during the film and Stella asks Blanche for advice quite often. Blanche acts more like a mother to Stella than a Sister because Blanche appears so much more sophisticated than Stella during the film.

Stella gets beaten up by Stanley quite a lot but Stella always seems to go back to Stanley like a boomerang.


Stanley is a bowling fanatic and the first visual impression we get of him is of him bowling with his mates down at the bowling alley. The first real

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