A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams Essay

1330 Words Jan 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout a Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams portrays sexuality as a society (of his time) saw it, a part of ourselves we should fight against because of its destructive nature. Despite this negative portrayal Williams is not denouncing or discouraging the expression of one 's sexuality. Instead, through the actions and consequences his characters face in conforming to society 's standards Williams manages to communicate a story that condemns society for keeping people from expressing their sexuality and from being stable, whole and sexual human beings. Expressing sexuality or sexual desires leads the play 's characters to death or to ruin, the suppression of desire is destructive and we are likely to only find madness or dissatisfaction by concealing our primal desire, and throughout the play Blanche is continuously shamed for her sexual activities, yet she is never framed as the bad guy it is society or how she’s been brought up that is. To begin, expressing sexuality or sexual desires leads the play 's characters to death or to ruin, This punishment doesn’t seem to fit the crime. The first example of this is Blanche’s pursuit of her sexual desires and what results from them. What results is her eviction from Belle Reve, her exile from Laurel and at the end of the play her expulsion from society. At one point, Blanche states “Yes, I had many intimacies with strangers. After the death of Allen intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty…

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