A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams Essay

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most successful plays written by the celebrated American playwright Tennessee Williams. It was first performed in New York, New York on December 3, 1947 at the Barrymore Theatre. The setting of the play is in and around a corner building in New Orleans, Louisiana named Elysian Fields. The main characters are Blanche Dubois, a talkative and seemingly prim and proper lady; Stella Kowalski, the laid back and more casual younger sister of Blanche’s; and Stanley Kowalski, the masculine, hard drinking husband to Stella. The major conflict of the play is the conflict that grows between Blanche and Stanley throughout the play. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams gives examples of relationships between family members and of gender roles played by men and women during the time. In the very first act the awkwardness between Stella and Blanche is evident. Blanche is seemingly horrified by the condition Stella is living in and Stella is a bit embarrassed by Blanche’s opinion of her situation. Later in the same scene Blanche all but blames Stella for the loss of the family property, claiming that the burden of responsibility was too much for her to shoulder alone, bringing Stella to tears. Obviously a bit of family drama is going on between these two sisters. The gender roles between men and women are also highlighted by A Streetcar Named Desire. The differences in the introduction of the Blanche and Stella,…

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