A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named

Desire

Tennessee Williams is known for his powerfully
written psychological dramas. Most of his works are set in the southern

United States and they usually portray neurotic people who are victims
of their own passions, frustrations, and loneliness. The play represents
the conflict between the sensitive, neurotic Blanche DuBois and the crude,
animalistic Stanley Kowalski.

Blanche visits the home of her sister,

Stella, in New Orleans and that is when Stanley started picking at her,
almost testing her. Before she had met Stanley, she told her sister of
how their plantation had been lost due to the costs of paying for the funerals
of many family members. There was not enough money for her to keep the
plantation. While Blanche bathed after her arrival, Stanley came home.

Stella had told him what had happened and he immediately insisted that

Blanche was swindling them. He hinted that Blanche had sold the plantation
in order to buy beautiful furs and jewelry. He went through Blanche\'s trunk
while she bathed, Stella insisted he stop. He was looking for sale papers
from the plantation. After Blanche was finished bathing, Stella was outside,
so Stanley started questioning Blanche. She insisted that she had nothing
to hide from him and let him go through all historical papers from Belle

Reve, the plantation. While living with Stella and Stanley, Blanche had
met a man named Mitch, who she started dating. She liked him a lot but
she hid many things from him. Firstly, she hid secrets of her first lover,
her husband Allan Grey. Every time she thought of him, she thought of how
he killed himself and she heard the polka which played in the background.

She did not want to speak of this to Mitch. After Allan\'s death, Blanche
used to go to the Tarantula Arms hotel where she would have intimacies
with strangers. She did it because she felt it would fill her empty heart.

She did not want to tell Mitch because she wanted him to respect her.

Blanche was very careful to hide her looks
too. She felt that she was old looking and tried to avoid bright lights
from glaring down on her. She covered a light in Stella\'s house with a

Chinese paper lamp to keep it from being so bright she hid her looks from

Mitch, he never saw her in the day. Finally, one day, Stanley tried to
find out many of Blanche\'s secrets and told them to Mitch so he would not
fall for her, even though he was considering marrying her. He told Mitch
of her intimacies, and told him of when she had a relationship with one
of her students. Mitch felt deceived, she lied to him about many things,
her age, her past.

Stanley taunted Blanche until he attacked
her in violent passion. When Blanche tried to tell her sister what Stanley
had done to her, she does not know what to think. Blanche retreats into
a private dreamworld. She tells Stella and Eunice, a friend, of how she
is going to die. She says she will die from eating an unwashed grape. Grapes
are a symbol with sexual overtones. Stanley represents the unwashed grape
that will kill her. Blanche says that she will die with her hand in the
hand of a young ship\'s doctor and she will be buried at sea. She will be
dropped into an ocean as blue as her first lover\'s eyes. Blue is used in
this play as a symbol of sadness. It represents her husband\'s death. Her
husband, to her, was different than other men, he had beautiful blue eyes
and she compared him to a seahorse. The male seahorse is different because
it id him that gives birth unlike other creatures, as her husband was unlike
other men. Stella does not believe her sister after she tells her what

Stanley has done, instead, she has her sent to a mental institution. She
cries as Blanche is taken away, perhaps she knows she has made a mistake
but Stanley soothes her, telling her everything will be back to normal,
as he is opening her blouse. Stanley has won, Blanche was gone, things
would be like before, he thought. In this play, there were two streetcars
mentioned. One was a streetcar named desire which symbolized Blanche\'s
desire to be loved. The other was a streetcar names Cemeteries which symbolized

Blanche\'s fear of death. Both the desire to be loved and the fear of death
were quiet apparent in the way Blanche thought. She wished to