Essay about A Streetcar Named Desire By Woody Allen

737 Words Dec 9th, 2015 3 Pages
Having read the play “A Streetcar named Desire” by Tennessee Williams and watched the film “Blue Jasmine” directed by Woody Allen, I have come to feel more sympathy for Williams ‘ character Blanche than Allen’s character Jasmine. “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Blue Jasmine” similarly tell the story of a socialite who faces an epic downfall in life. Woody Allen’s film manages to parallel Tennessee’s original “A Streetcar Named Desire” whilst adding a modern twist and subtle adaptations. Despite the overwhelming similarities, the film maintains differences between the characters, Blanche and Jasmine, which determines who I sympathize more.
In “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Blanche moves in with her younger sister Stella. Blanche reveals to Stella that, the bank took Belle Reve, their family home and fortune. “Death is expensive, Miss Stella! Why, the Grim Reaper had put his tent on our doorstep…Stella. Belle Reve was his headquarters! Honey-that’s how it slipped through my fingers!” (Williams, 22) Blanche’s lost fortune due to death that she couldn’t afford marked the beginning of her relocation to her sister’s house and eventually, her progression to insanity.
Later in the play, it is revealed that Blanche was once married to a suicidal homosexual man who cheated on her. As Blanche tugs back and forth with Stella’s husband, Stanley, it becomes evident the topic of her dead husband, and ultimately the topic of men, makes Blanche very distraught. Constant character conflict…

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