Analysis Of ' A Streetcar Named Desire '

1749 WordsOct 23, 20147 Pages
The Elysian Fields are the Greek afterlife or heaven. Going through A Streetcar Named Desire, there is a tug-of-war like shift between a solid heaven-state that Stanley is very comfortable in and the flaky hell-state that Blanche so desperately tries to avoid but brings upon herself in said avoidance. It is interesting to have a character such as Stanley who is defined as an evil character because of his aggression end up the more audience-associated character and the almost-helpless female character be the audience-despised or pitied character after it was all said and done. As a female, I was surprised to associate with Stanley but found myself very much against Blanche’s character because of how she created her own demise. In A Streetcar Named Desire the opening scene seems innocent enough as we are introduced to the protagonist Blanche DuBois, her sister Stella and Stella’s husband Stanley Kowalski, the brutish antagonist. Stanley brings home a package of bloody meat and literally hurls it to his wife, who catches it gleefully, indicating a very primitive and animalistic sexual relationship between the two. This also foreshadows Stanley’s wild behaviors to be exhibited in his raping of Blanche later in the play. While alone in the Kowalski apartment Blanche finds a bottle of whiskey and takes a shot without hesitation. We learn later Blanche’s drinking is anti-social while Stanley’s drinking habits, foreshadowed by the bottle of whiskey in the apartment to begin
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