Drama of A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' Famous Play

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The drama A Streetcar Named Desire is one of Tennessee Williams most well-known plays. Blanche DuBois seeks refuge in her sister’s home after the loss of their ancestral home, the Belle Reve plantation. Her little sister, no more than a year younger than she, shares her home with her husband. During Blanche’s stay, she attempts to escape her past, start afresh, and attract a new suitor to settle down. However, she is tormented by her aggressive, unrelenting, and honest brother-in-law who eventually destroys all her hopes. Between train tracks and a river off a street in New Orleans stands a two story building with washed-out white steps descending from both entrances. The Kowalski pair lives on the ground level, and Eunice and Steve occupy…show more content…
In common, he’s also had a tragic relationship and still unattached. Mitch and Blanche exchange a few words before she turns the radio on and begins dancing with Mitch. Already fuming, Stanley ferociously snatches the radio off the table and pitches it out a window and punches his wife. Blanche escorts her little sister to the upstairs flat and Stanley’s friends leave. Stanley heads out onto their front lawn and howls his wife’s name before she appears and he carries her off, disappearing into their home. Blanche is distraught, but Mitch assures her that they are “crazy about each other” (p. 61) and that there was nothing to fear. Early the next morning, Blanche expresses her concern for Stella, being “married to a madman” (p. 65) and “not being sensible about it” (p. 66). Blanche equates him to an animal, calls him common, and is bewildered when Stella defends Stanley’s behavior, associating it with the drinking. Blanche persists, that Stella is still young and can still leave and start anew, but Stella insists that she loved Stanley and has no intentions to leave him. Blanche asserts that Stanley’s astrological sign must be Aries, for they are “forceful and dynamic” (p. 79), but learns he’s a Capricorn. When he learns she is a Virgo—the Virgin—he retorts disdainfully and asks if she knew anyone by the name of Shaw. She is not at ease by the name, especially when he mentions Hotel Flamingo. He
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