Street Car Named Desire: Play Analysis

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Street Car Named Desire is 1951 drama film, a modification of Tennessee William’s 1947 play with the same name. It’s a story of Blanche Dubois, who after several courses of social ups and downs, tries to find her sage with her sister and brother-in-law living at a low income apartment building in New Orleans. But ultimately, she fails to build an emotional stability for herself. This script is a perfect sequence of tragedy full of emotions and drama comprised of violence, witty and poetic dialogue, and effective protagonists with predictable backgrounds. First let’s talk about the title of the screenplay, Street Car Named Desire. Blanche Dubois takes an actual street car named “desire” to reach her way to her sister’s home, and also the …show more content…
According to Aristotle- poetics, “work is a tragedy only if it creates pity and fear.” This play has its tragic quality manifested in both, social as well as emotional dimensions. Reading this play gives us an idea of, how society was subjected during those days, what kind of social norms dictated American society and what were the class status justification for majority and in what ways different classes emerged; Tennessee Williams wrote this play in such a way that audience can connect themselves from social condition and feel that emotional instability within the society that time. Every character in this story has his/her own sense of fear and tension for example; the relationship between Stella and Blanche gives a feeling of forced love and a sense of raw power Stanly tries to exert on Stella as well as Blanche. This story has a specific magnitude of factual seriousness, with violence as one major noticeable element, which gives a feeling of extreme tragedy and makes the story more realistic. Domestic violence was a common and not much discussed prospect of the society until 1976 when it was declared illegal. In this play we encounter violence between every relationship for example Stella and Stanly and, Stanly and Blanche, Mitch and Blanche and even Eunice and Steve. Stanly is the main character demonstrating violence, starting with yelling at Stella expressing anger by …show more content…
I interesting the way emotions behind this story can be connected from our own life. While reading this screenplay, we seriously want this tragedy to end at some point, no matter how; and by the end we are so emotionally wounded that, we as readers urge for a conclusion for our own emotional stability and it happens. The ending to A Streetcar Named Desire is all about cruel and tragic irony. Blanche is forced to go to a mental institution, due to her detachment from reality and living in illusion. Blanche’s final and most famous words as she leaves, tells a lot about her extreme emotional disturbance, she says, “ whoever you are- I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.”(Williams, pg 102) The saddest part of this tragedy is, what Blanche admires as kindness is lust and desire not the love she wanted in her life. It’s a one of the perfect tragic ending in terms of cruelty and emotional

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