Essay about A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams
An analysis of classism present in A Streetcar Named Desire
Classism: noun, a social construct meant to prejudice people belonging to a particular social class, normally by economic bracket, into groups of varying worth and dispensability. Those who place themselves on top through classism thrive while those under them suffer for it. A Streetcar Named Desire, a play by playwright Tennessee Williams holds a great example of how dangerous and hurtful classism can be. A Streetcar Named Desire is a play about Blanche Dubois, moving in with her poorer sister after losing the family home to debt. Blanche, being of the upper class, is not used to the lower class lifestyle and ends up having a mental breaking after hurting all of those around her. Blanche Dubois is an excellent example of how delusional and harmful classism can be. Blanche’s classism leads to worsened relations with her brother-in-law and ruins her chances at a good life in New Orleans.
Blanche’s classism and disdain for her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, leads to a worsened relationship between the two of them. It is clear from the get-go that Blanche disapproves of Stanley, as before meeting him she is told by Stella that he is Polish, to which she replies with, “They’re something like Irish, aren’t they?” (Williams 16). Blanche tries to associate the Polish with a completely different ethnic group on the other side of Europe. Blanche’s upper-class ideals lead her to look down on…