Streetcar Named Desire

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Many times books, plays, and other sources of literary works are subject to censorship, as well as other forms of expurgation that do not quite keep to the true the original form, by their film adaption counterparts. In the academy-award winning film, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the ending digresses from its original play by a slight degree. Because both of these works were released in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, part of this censorship derives from the fact that they, both the play and the film, contained controversial matters that, due to the nature of the public at the time, the film must have been cleansed of certain content such as a the rape scene, and the avid description of themes of homosexuality and suicide by Blanche’s ex-husband. Of course, because it is Hollywood, the ending also differs in the fact that the original play is more ambiguous, and does not necessarily imply that Stella will have left Stanley, whilst, in the movie, Stella dramatically leaves Stan, and swears never to come back.

In the original play, the content is much more explicit and veracious. It addresses issues among corrupted family households such as the brutal infidelity of Stanley, and Stella’s inability to leave due to the real circumstances of the situations, in which she is entrapped under Stanley’s thumb, and forced to be consoled by her callous and duplicitous husband with nowhere to run to, which coincides with the realistic expectations of the society of that day, in which a woman cannot leave man despite the context in which she is present. Stella’s sister is no longer in the company of the Kowalski family, for she was driven to madness by both her own demons and the Stanley’s brute-like behavior, a behavior which she had in fact called him on, and Stella has no one of her own blood to depend on. However, in contrast, the film displays a degree of frivolity when it came to the ending, for Stella runs off from Stanley dramatically, clutching onto her baby for...
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