The classic film A Streetcar Named Desire released in 1951
is a great disaster composed by Tennessee Williams, that earned him the
Pulitzer Prize and multiple different honors. This splendid movie investigates
numerous essential characterizations, themes and settings. The principle
repeating topic Williams investigates to the viewers is the contention amongst
dream and reality, genuineness and falsehoods. In any case, sexuality,
viciousness, and social contrasts likewise shape the activity of the plot, in
which they increase to the clash between the characters. The three central
characters, Blanche Dubois, Stanley Kowalski, and Stella Kowalski carry
distinct methods for handling the encounters in their cruel settings in which
they live in, as they all face weird situations. Blanche, whom experiences
passionate and internal clash, is gotten between two universes and tries to desert
realism as much as she can with her creative energy. Stella is a gullible and
touchy, she might be thought to be the hero of the play. Stella tries to
overlook reality that revolves her, no matter how cruel, she acknowledges them.
Stanley, whom is destructive, overwhelming, and intimate, utilizes brutality to
get his want, regardless of the outcome. All through this movie, Blanche, Stanley,
and Stella, attempt to survive and manage reality in different paths keeping in
mind the end goal to fulfill their desire. Thus, behold the main word in the
The film was surprisingly ahead of its in the 1950s. It
raises attention for things that went on in this time, which no one cared to
talk about including mental illness, domestic violence, and the ability to
leave an abusive relationship. Beating women is never ok, but this film showed
what happened in this era and before. Not only Stanley, but other characters
beat their wife and adorned them directly after. Alcohol played an enormous
role in domestic violence as well. The women were responsible for making the
marriage work, even if they were the ones to cause the husband to drink. It was
very 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 Blanche
DuBois. She is the older sister of Stella, whom is married to Stanley Kowalski.
Blanche was a high school English teacher that fled from Mississippi after
losing Belle Reve, the tradition family home and being relived from work after
having an affair with a teenage student. In the beginning of the movie, Blanche
seems like an innocent and fragile woman, but we later come to find out that
she is mentally broken. She somehow seems to live in her own world and avoid
realism. She lies to her sister and Stanley about her belongings and male encounters
from the beginning of the story, but Stanley sees through the lies. Comparing
to today’s era, she would have been considered an escort, but in the 1950’s. She
then encounters a friend of Stanley’s named Mitch, whom falls for her immediately.
Stanley eventually destroys their relationship with Mitch after finding out the
truth about her life before Mississippi, then her rapes her, and has her commit
to an asylum for help. On the other
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. That could be a
reason for his ways, but that is never told. Stanley never seems to connect
with his wife other than sexually, but their sexual-bond is strong enough to
keep them together until the very end of the film. He lacks many characteristics
that men should have and enjoys playing poker with his friends more than
anything else. Towards the end of the film, he ends up beating his wife, and
rapes his wife’s sister with no care in the world. Yes, somehow Stanley is a
proud wholesome family man.
The film setting takes place in New Orleans in the 1950’s
after 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 educated
culture. Blanche grew up on Belle Reve, a plantation meaning the “beautiful dream”.
She grew up very wealthy and sophisticated. As her home vanished, and her
family 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 flat
with Stella and Stanley. Stanley views his apartment as paradise, he works at a
factory during the day and enjoys drinking, bowling, playing poker and making
love to his wife. He ultimately views Blanche as an outsider, an invader. Blanche
possesses the room adjoining theirs – attacking his protection. Her pieces of
clothing, and jewelry are thrown all over the furniture. She decorates lights
with paper lamps to diminish the glare of the light. Blanche wants to dampen
the light keeping in mind the end goal to look more youthful; she likewise
would like to make a feeling of enchantment and appeal inside the loft. Be that
as it may, Stanley does not need her dreamland to infringe upon his area.