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Many Elements of Tragedy in Streetcar Names Desire by Tennessee Williams

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A Streetcar Named Desire is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning play. The film was nominated for twelve nominations and was awarded four Oscars. It is a stage play with elements of tragedy. The play opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City on December 3, 1947. The producer of the play Charles Feldman sold the production to the Warner Bros. The play was written by Tennessee Williams. Williams is considered the greatest Southern playwright and one of the greatest playwrights in the history of American Drama. Williams first play was ‘The Glass Menagerie” it was produced in 1945. Williams plays have been adapted to film starring screen greats like Marlon Brando who played Stanley and Elizabeth Taylor who appeared in the on screen play.…show more content…
No matter what she interpreted by moving off and going to New Orleans she was doomed as soon as she stepped off the Desire streetcar. Her plan to be reinvented as a new innocent, desirable and respectful woman was truly a dream. She was misunderstood especially by Stanley and because of his misunderstanding it motivated him to punish and destroy her. Blanche was described as a flirt, and a home wrecker also a manipulative, desperate woman who craved attention from the wrong things and lost her family fortune “Belle Reve”. She is a social pariah due to her indiscreet sexual behavior. She spent so long lying to everyone she actually began to believe her own lies. This is shown when she orchestrates a telegram to the wealthy and adoring Shep Huntleigh it is then that her fantasies were driven overboard. Henthorne also claimed that William prohibited her from being her own person. William often condemned the environment that brought about Blanche's tragic circumstances. William pointed out how the character Blanche DuBois was a washed-up Southern Belle. Blanche life was not in connection with reality. And she often drank to escape it. Her judgment on Her sister's husband Stanley was based on prejudice, and snobbery. Blanche believed Stanley tyrannized his wife, and treats her disrespectfully. Henthorne believes that Blanche has failed society and would do anything to believe her fantasies. An example of her often used victimization role appears in the play
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