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"A Streetcar Named Desire" written in 1944 by Thomas Lanier Williams.

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Marco Wu Class 10� ENGLISH ESSAY Throughout the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" written in 1944 by Thomas Lanier Williams, better known as Tennessee Williams; we can meet various social issues such as homosexuality, loneliness, psychiatric illness and the contrast between the New and the Old America. This are all social issues presented during the life of the author. The protagonist of the play have the characteristics of Tennessee Williams' family, Stanley is like his father, the one who decides everything, as a "KING". Meanwhile Blanche is a mix between his sisters Rose who was mentally ill and his mother who had hysterical attacks, and as we know the author of the play was homosexual who consumed his 1rst experience at age of 28 and declaring it openly during an interview, this connects directly to Blanches' husband who was Homo and killed himself. Once William said "Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama...the purest language of plays". In the whole play there is hidden meaning; we know that the initial title of the play was "the moth" which represents Blanche a fragile being, in literature the moth is the soul, therefore the entire play is a big allegory that talks about the way to heaven (Elysian Fields) ...read more.

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And I need somebody, too. Could it be -you and me, Blanche?"(pg184). Meanwhile Blanche is living in her own fantasy world even though she knows of becoming old and if she does not marry out quick she would be alone and without a home where to stay for the rest of her life. Blanche is the main protagonist of the play because when she is brought to the mental hospital the play ends. Furthermore Blanche has many obsessions like the one of taking baths, because like Macbeth's wife who had committed a crime, Blanche has a dirty conscience and bad reputation of what she had done in the past. She says "Here I am, all freshly bathed and scented, and feeling like a brand-new human being!"(pg135). This shows us that she tries to clean of the dirt that she has accumulated by her actions. Continuing she is obsessed of her age and good looking, she lives in her own magic world with the "Chinese paper lantern", but when Mitch rips it off the naked light bulb shows her real identity, which is certainly not a clean young girl's one. Adding to these problems, Blanche has also a psychiatric illness such as the one of hearing the background music, the Blue piano which reminded us the poor conditions where she lived in and the Varsouviana Polka, which after this she hears the gunshot from which his husband Allan died of . ...read more.

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And I'm the king around here, so don't forget it!" by this quotation we see the control of man over women, they were considered inferior to men, moreover Stanley also punches Stella, Steve Eunice, Mitch maybe Blanche and Stanley rapes Blanche. In the 1950s women were only beginning to enter the workforce and the man was the main breadwinner. Now, many women are feminists and all have an inspiration in their life and they want to have a career, and mostly important they have the same rights of men. Therefore men cannot punch anymore their wives because they can be put in jail. In conclusion the social issues explored by Tennessee Williams are all the issues that he has personally lived from the 1911 to 1944, which are homosexuality, loneliness, psychiatric illness and the contrast between the New and the Old America. I also believe that in 60years period of time the audience would judge much differently upon the issues that we mentioned, such as the homosexuality, racism, feminism and sex. As I said the play finishes when Blanche ends into the mental hospital where she will spend the rest of her life, she instead dreamed to die between the arms of a young doctor on a boat floating in the sea. This creates a sad theme for the reader which will might fell pity for her end. THE END ...read more.

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