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How effective a title do you think "A Streetcar Named Desire" is for this play? The following will be examining how effectual I believe the title "A Streetcar Named Desire" is for this play. "A Streetcar Named Desire" is written by Tennessee Williams. The play portrays different characters' desires of diverse aspects of life. I think the title is very effective because it attracts various readers. This is due to the use of the word "desire". The use of this word demonstrates many different characters' desires that they have in their life. The characters who this includes are: Blanche who wants to fulfil her desires of love, sex and end loneliness. Blanche depends on male sexual admiration for her sense of self-esteem, which means that she has often yielded to passion. She also has a bad drinking problem, which she covers up poorly. Blanche is an insecure, dislocated individual. This can be seen by her drinking problem; Mitch who hopes to marry so that he will have a woman to bring home to his dying mother. ...read more.


This is a mythological reference to paradise which also refers to death. This is the place where dead people go. This is a contradiction in it self. In addition the quotation which further expresses this is "They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and transfer to one called Cemeteries, and ride six blocks and get off at-Elysian Fields!" Blanche speaks these words to Eunice and the Negro woman upon arriving at the her sister's apartment at the beginning of Scene One. She has just arrived in New Orleans and is describing her means of transportation to the apartment. The place names that Williams uses in "A Streetcar Named Desire" holds obvious metaphorical value. "Elysian Fields", the Kowalskis' street, is named for the land of the dead in mythology. Even though the indication of this quote was mainly paradise, it has no reference to it. This is a contradiction in itself. The journey that Blanche describes making from the train station to the Kowalski apartment is a figurative version of her life up to this point in time. ...read more.


"A streetcar" is another term given to a tram. This can have various implications. Some of these include: the fact that it is displaying Blanche has a high social status as she has never been on a tram before. It further concludes that she is of high class than her sister; in some ways "a streetcar" can also illustrate life as it shows different lives going their own separate ways. This word combined by the use of "desire" signifies that due to aspirations it leads different people to different aspects of life. Which leads to tragedy for all the characters, as the consequences that they suffered where inevitable due to their "desires". In conclusion, my view on how effectual of the title "A Streetcar Named Desire" is for this play is that the title presents many different features of the play. So this is very successful as a title. In addition it portrays that fate and tragedy are inevitable to overcome so therefore one has to live with life's consequences. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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