The classic film A Streetcar Named Desire released in 1951is a great disaster composed by Tennessee Williams, that earned him thePulitzer Prize and multiple different honors. This splendid movie investigatesnumerous essential characterizations, themes and settings. The principlerepeating topic Williams investigates to the viewers is the contention amongstdream and reality, genuineness and falsehoods. In any case, sexuality,viciousness, and social contrasts likewise shape the activity of the plot, inwhich they increase to the clash between the characters.
The three centralcharacters, Blanche Dubois, Stanley Kowalski, and Stella Kowalski carrydistinct methods for handling the encounters in their cruel settings in whichthey live in, as they all face weird situations. Blanche, whom experiencespassionate and internal clash, is gotten between two universes and tries to desertrealism as much as she can with her creative energy. Stella is a gullible andtouchy, she might be thought to be the hero of the play.
Stella tries tooverlook reality that revolves her, no matter how cruel, she acknowledges them.Stanley, whom is destructive, overwhelming, and intimate, utilizes brutality toget his want, regardless of the outcome. All through this movie, Blanche, Stanley,and Stella, attempt to survive and manage reality in different paths keeping inmind the end goal to fulfill their desire. Thus, behold the main word in thetitle.The film was surprisingly ahead of its in the 1950s. Itraises attention for things that went on in this time, which no one cared totalk about including mental illness, domestic violence, and the ability toleave an abusive relationship. Beating women is never ok, but this film showedwhat happened in this era and before. Not only Stanley, but other charactersbeat their wife and adorned them directly after.
Alcohol played an enormousrole in domestic violence as well. The women were responsible for making themarriage work, even if they were the ones to cause the husband to drink. It wasvery difficult for women to divorce, let alone keep the marriage going,marriage advice was horrible in the 1950’s.The first character that automatically stands out is BlancheDuBois. She is the older sister of Stella, whom is married to Stanley Kowalski.Blanche was a high school English teacher that fled from Mississippi afterlosing Belle Reve, the tradition family home and being relived from work afterhaving an affair with a teenage student.
In the beginning of the movie, Blancheseems like an innocent and fragile woman, but we later come to find out thatshe is mentally broken. She somehow seems to live in her own world and avoidrealism. She lies to her sister and Stanley about her belongings and male encountersfrom the beginning of the story, but Stanley sees through the lies. Comparingto today’s era, she would have been considered an escort, but in the 1950’s.
Shethen encounters a friend of Stanley’s named Mitch, whom falls for her immediately.Stanley sooner or later disrupts their relationship with Mitch after findingout the truth about her life before Mississippi, then her rapes her, and hasher commit to an asylum for help. On theother hand, Stanley is somewhat of a belligerent drunk. He despises Blanche,but is loving and loyal to his wife and friends. He was an Army Sergeant in WWII,and is trying to find his life in the greatly changed civilian world.
Thatcould be a reason for his ways, but that is never told. Stanley never seems toconnect with his wife other than sexually, but their sexual-bond is strongenough to keep them together until the very end of the film. He lacks many characteristicsthat men should have and enjoys playing poker with his friends more thananything else. Towards the end of the film, he ends up beating his wife, andrapes his wife’s sister with no care in the world. Yes, somehow Stanley is aproud wholesome family man.The film setting takes place in New Orleans in the 1950’safter WWII.
The atmosphere is mostly in a poor area at the Kowalski apartments.Nearby, there are lots of bars and bowling. The setting enhanced the film tremendously.It gives many details on how things once were in the 50’s including, alcoholism,marriage, and the well being in New Orleans. To Blanche, New Orleans represent ugliness,she called the streets “Elysian Field”, which represent a decline of educatedculture. Blanche grew up on Belle Reve, a plantation meaning the “beautiful dream”.
She grew up very wealthy and sophisticated. As her home vanished, and herfamily and friends past away, she began to hold on to fantasies and dreams,those are two things that are not easy to hold onto living in a two room flatwith Stella and Stanley. Stanley views his apartment as paradise, his job is ata shop amid the day and enjoys drinking, bowling, playing poker and making loveto his wife. He ultimately views Blanche as an outsider, an invader. Blanchepossesses the room adjoining theirs – attacking his protection. Her pieces ofclothing, and jewelry are thrown all over the furniture. She decorates lightswith paper lamps to diminish the glare of the light. Blanche wants to dampenthe light keeping in mind the end goal to look more youthful; she likewisewould like to make a feeling of enchantment and appeal inside the loft.
Be thatas it may, Stanley does not need her dreamland to infringe upon his area. In”A Streetcar Named Desire”, three is unquestionably a horde, and thefirmly pressed setting gives moment strife.Blanche stays in deception; dream is her essential methodsfor self-protection, both against outside dangers and against her ownparticular evil presences. In any case, her trickeries convey no hint ofperniciousness, but instead they originate from her shortcoming and failure tostand up to reality head-on. She is an unrealistic figure, seeing the world notas it is but rather as it should be.
Dream has a freeing enchantment thatshields her from the tragedies she has needed to persevere. All through theplay, Blanche’s reliance on deception is stood out from Stanley’s relentlessauthenticity, and at last it is Stanley and his perspective that win. To live,Stella should also fall back on a sort of fantasy, constraining herself totrust that Blanche’s allegations against Stanley are false so she can keepliving with her significant other.