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A Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams wrote a Streetcar Named Desire in the 1940's. Tennessee Williams is one of America's most famous and well-respected authors. The book itself is about a woman called Blanche DuBois who is getting no younger and has many problems. Blanche moves into her sisters house Stella DuBois who has got a husband called Stanley in which Blanche is very jealous of. Blanche tells her sister that the reason she was there was that their old family home in which only Blanche had lived named "Belle Reve" had been lost through tax. Stanley gets suspicious of Blanche and believes that she sold Belle Reve to profit herself. Stella has doubts whether her own sister would do such a thing and gets angry with Stanley. Stanley puts Blanche through lots of hassle and pressure and eventually rapes her, this eventually drives Blanche into madness. Tennessee Williams uses some very weird and interesting sound effects in the film of A Streetcar Named Desire to go with the story line. ...read more.

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All the characters have there own distinctive attitude, for example Blanche has a sort of a quite nature as Stanley has a very angry and violent nature. Stanley is very intimidating and very depressing to Blanche who tries to do the up most to be nice to him and his wife Stella. Steve and Pablo are friends of Stanley, which is hardly surprising as they all have similar attitudes and are quite loud people. Eunice is like the agony aunt who always helps Blanche and Stella when there is any trouble with Stanley or anything else like that. Mitch on the other hand is quite quiet and shy towards everybody and is the weaker member of the men who play poker (Stanley, Steve, Pablo and Mitch). Mitch falls in love with Blanche who cannot love him for her descent into madness is near completion as her former husband shot himself, killing himself. Blanche gets nightmares and visions of these events which is the main cause of her depression and madness as well as the pressure Stanley puts on her, he rapes her, which just smashes Blanche completely and drives her into total madness. ...read more.

Conclusion

In this quote you can tell that he wants to get rid of Blanche, he is convincing Stella to do so. The set in a Streetcar Named Desire is in New Orleans. It's set in the lower class slum of the city where Stella married into. New Orleans is a cosmopolitan city where there is a relatively warm and easy intermingling of races in the old part of town. In this essay I have write about the sound effects, music, characters, set and fighting in a Streetcar Named Desire. I have looked into the text in the book and quoted from it, I have also used it to describe the mood of the film at different times of the story. I have also analyzed the story and used this to make the essay better adding more detail and accuracy to the story itself. I have enjoyed reading a Streetcar Named Desire but I think the story itself is a bit twisted. I also think the way Tennessee Williams has write the story is very good, it has themes famous of the author such as sexual passion, madness and the haunting legacy of the past. ...read more.

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