A Streetcar Named Desire


Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying "Symbols are nothing
but the natural speech of drama...the purest language of plays" (Adler 30).
This is clearly evident in , one of Williams's many
plays. I n analyzing the main character of the story, Blanche DuBois, it is
crucial to use both the literal text as well as the symbols of the story to
get a complete and thorough understanding of her.

Before one can understand Blanche's character one must understand
the reason why she moves to New Orleans and joins her sister, Stella, and
brother-in-law, Stanley. By analyzing the symbolism in the first scene, one
can understand what prompted Blanche to move. Her appearance in the ...

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symbolizes. Blanche left her home to join her sister, because her life was
a miserable wreck in her former place of residence. She admits, at one
point in the story, that "after the death of Allan (her h usband)
intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart
with" (Williams, 178). She had sexual relations with anyone who would agree
to it. This is the first step in her voyage-"Desire". She said that she was
forced into this situation because death was immanent and "The opposite (of
death) is desire" (Williams, 179). She escaped death in her use of desire.
However, she could not escape "death" for long. She was a teacher at a high
school, and at one point she had intimacies with a seventeen year old
student. The superintendent, "Mr. Graves", found out about this and she was
fired from her job. Her image was totally destroyed and she could no longer
stay there. "Mr. Graves" sent her on her next stop of the symbolic journey-
"Cemeteries". Her final ...

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surroundings in her new home.
We can see that she did not fit in with the people of the community by
comparing the manner in which women in the story handle their social life
with men. In the third scene, Stella, who is pregnant at the time, is
beaten by her husband Stanley. She immediately runs upstairs to her
friend's apartment, upstairs. But, soon Stanley runs outside and screams
"Stell-lahhhhh" (Williams 133). She proceeds to come down, and they then
spend the night together. The next morning Stella and Blanche discuss the
horrible incident. Blanche asks "How could you come back in this place last
night?" (Williams 134). Stella answers "You're making much too much fuss
about ...

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