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Characteristics of the main personalities of the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

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Characteristics of main personalities of the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams is one of the most provocative and widely respected playwrights in the modern theatre. His strengths in playwriting were in his bright and vivid characterizations and brilliant dialogues. "A Streetcar Named Desire" (original name was "The Poker Night") is one of the most remarkable plays of our time. It has gathered the wide audience in contemporary dramatic literature. In the first year of its presentation in New York, the play received the Pulitzer Prize, The Donaldson Award and The New York Drama Critics Awards. The play has been produced in many countries throughout the world and has been made in to the popular movie with amazing Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. Many of the major themes of "A Streetcar Named Desire" are embodied in the history and culture of New Orleans. The lively setting of the French Quarter, with its streetcars, bars, entertainment, and jazz and blues music, provides a rich background for the emotional events of the play; the setting also draws symbolic attention to changes which were taking place in American society, especially in the South during the post-World war II years. ...read more.

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. . when I think about her, Blanche seems like the youth of our hearts which has to be put away for worldly considerations: poetry, music, the early soft feelings that we can't afford to live with under a naked light bulb which is now." Much of Stanley's character is seen through his relationship with Blanche. Her response to Stanley's strong presence suggests that he is some kind of an animal. In earlier versions of the play, Stanley had a gentler, ineffectual side, but in the final writing of "A Streetcar..." Williams made him Blanche's complete opposite - angry, animalistic, and reliant on his basic instincts. These qualities are seen most clearly in Blanche's comment to Stanley that "you're simple, straightforward and honest, a little bit on the primitive side I should think. To interest you a woman would have to . . .". The sentence is finished off for her by Stanley, but what we suspect she would have said is what she later says to Stella: that the only way to live with a man like Stanley is to go to bed with him. For Blanche, Stanley's sexual appeal and his primitive nature are closely bound up together. ...read more.

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Eunice is overweight and run down from too many pregnancies while Steve is not particularly understanding or supportive of his wife. Domestic violence appears to be routine in their marriage. Despite their failings, however, Steve and Eunice are not negative characters, but quite the contrary they are hospitable and neighborly. Mitch is also one of the main characters of the play. He is gentle and discreet while Stanley is rude and sexually forward. Blanche is aware of his kindness and even comments on it, saying, "I thanked God for you, because you seemed to be gentle". Mitch's actions reveal him as a deluded and rather pathetic man who has not fully got to know how relationships work. Although Mitch may be upstaged by his more powerful friend, his actions bring about the destructive ending of the play. For now, I tried to observe all the main characters of a play and describe their personal qualities. Some of them (such as Blanche and Stanley) are versatile and presented deeper and fuller than the others, but still every person represents his own individuality and original principles, views, character traits and emotions. Taken together they depict complicated and detailed portrait of a relevant society of New Orleans with all its values and vices. ...read more.

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