A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

I read this play for my English class but I am very happy that I have taken the time to explore one of the most famous American plays in history.

The themes presented in Streetcar are still relevant in the present as they were at the volatile time of pre-world war II.

 

Williams does not present these characters as heroes but as flawed humans and truthfully I did not like any of the characters as people but as characters, they are interesting and real in their complex natures.

“Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.”
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

 

The buildup of tension is timed in a way that is realistic but not boring. The jump in times are not out of place however probably translates more clearly on stage, its intended medium.

The climactic scene of the play is harrowing to read and invokes powerful emotions that successfully make sure readers will not forget anytime soon.

 

 

 

The resolution to the plot is equally sad although I do not like Blanche. However, there is a sense of completion and hope as Blanche may get the help she needs although I feel with the lack of knowledge of mental health in the 1940s Blanche probably had a not so pleasant future but there was no future with Stella either. Williams obviously had a lot of sympathy for those who are rejected by society.

 

After reading the play for the first time it is easy to see how the story has survived so many years and is still performed and read today with just as shocking an impact that I am sure it had in its first publishing.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Nancy xx

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