An Anaysis on a Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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A Streetcar Named Desire is 1947 play written by Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III. It is based on Blanche’s visit to her sister and her conflicts with Stella’s husband, Stanley because of their social and perceptional differences. In the ending part of the first scene, the first encounter of Blanche and Stanley beginning after the Stanley’s arrival to house after bowling and until the end of the scene, Williams aimed to present the characters, Stanley as brutal, wildish and Blanche’s sensitive and sore personality along with implying a depressed mood.

The part of the scene begins with the Williams’ description of Stanley, which underscores the “Man and Masculinity” theme of the play for the first time. Stanley is depicted as a cocksure, vital character. For example, Williams portrays Stanley as a character, “Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes” This serves authors purpose by displaying Stanley’s wildness. He is kind of person who has a peculiar dominance of a primitive man with “his appreciation of rough humour, his love of good drink and food and games” and also his classification of woman according to their sexuality. As a polar opposite, Blanche is emotionally weak, sore character that can hardly stand the destructive muscularity of Stanley. Stanley’s virility and heartiness founds a depressed mood throughout this part of the play as Stanley asks Blanche some rough, common, pointed questions, which end with an inquiry about her earlier marriage. For instance, after they meet each other Stanley starts cocky interactions such as asking Blanche about her job, for how long she will stay in the house, as a part of his insensitivity, but the breaking point is the last question; “You were married once, weren’t you?” This question depresses Blanche as she recalls her horrible memories about her husband and is suicide. She starts hear “polka” –not real-, feel sick and dizzy. That symbolizes, the Stanley’s destructive...
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