"Streetcar" Named "Desire"

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” underlines certain themes Williams wished to portray. It is used as a blatant metaphor of Blanche and explores the theme of correlation between sex and death.

        A “streetcar” is a repetitive journey, it follows the same track day after day, it is simple and unadventurous. It is the complete opposite of “desire,” desire is sexual passion and infatuation. One could say that Blanche is, metaphorically,  the “streetcar named desire.” Blanche portrays her character as a meek, vulnerable woman of virginity and calm, a “streetcar” if you like. She is in fact a complete parallel of her illustrated persona. She lives in an unrealistic world. Blanche at heart is vain, promiscuous and enticing, a pure representation of “brutal desire.” A perfect example of this is her drinking habits, how she covers them up, as to not seem a “drunkard.” She is clearly hiding what she believes is a fault, and does not want to taint her reputation. This contraposition technique is used throughout the play, especially highlighting the correlation of sex and death, and madness and sanity.

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        When Blanche arrives in Elysian Fields (the name of the Greek heaven), she enters her own metaphorical afterlife. She faces the consequences of the previous actions of her eccentric life. On leaving her hometown through reaching social death and a bankrupt state, Blanche embarks on her journey to Elysian Fields. This journey, passing through “cemeteries,” is a microcosm of her life until this point. Blanches sexual want has expelled her from “Belle Reve” (beautiful dream), and she was so promiscuous that she was paid and asked to never return. Ironically, we find out that Blanche’s star sign is “Virgo,” the ...

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