Essay about A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

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In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Blanche Dubois struggles to hide her complicated past in an attempt to be seen as a proper lady. Blanche moves from Laurel to New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella, and her husband, Stanley. Stanley becomes interested in how she lost Belle Reve and starts to find out information about her. Blanche begins to fall in love with his friend, Mitch, but then Stanley finds out about Blanche’s past and tells Mitch. Mitch confronts Blanche to tell her that he does not want her anymore. Stanley then rapes Blanche when Stella is having his baby, but when Blanche tells Stella, Stella does not believe her. Stella and Stanley send Blanche away to a mental facility at the end of the play. Towards the end of the play, Blanche says, “Death - I used to sit here and she used to sit over there and death was as close as you are… We didn’t dare even admit we had ever heard of it! The opposite is desire” (149). Desire is a main theme used in the play. The main characters in A Streetcar Named Desire are driven by their desires, some of which contradict each other, which causes certain characters to fail in obtaining their desires. Blanche desires an escape from reality, and plans to achieve this by marrying Mitch so that she can forget her and start over. In scene nine of A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche admits, “I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell…

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