A Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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Williams distinguishes himself from the typical American male, due to him having no part in the war and spent the 1940’s struggling as a play writer; however more significantly Williams was a homosexual. The concept of homosexuality was unfamiliar to the majority of Americans at the time and therefore understandably Williams kept his sexuality private. Streetcar is a female orientated play, which came around as a result of Williams’ hard upbringing by his strict mother, and soul mate sister- Rose. Blanche, as the main character is featured in the majority of the play, focusing on her thoughts and feelings. The reliance that both her and Stella have on men possibly reflects William’s own desire for a husband. Williams is portraying their characters as similar to how things were in those times, and has used his own personal experiences to depict how they women were treated. Blanche and Stella are both dependent on men in different ways; Williams shows that at the time a husband was at the heart of all female ideals. The comments on American Context is particularly interesting here: “These films also reinforced an idea of women either as child bearers and homemakers or whores… Stella is a homemaker and child bearer, Blanche is neither”. To an extent this can be supported by the outcome of the two women: Blanche fits in neither category and as a result is automatically out of place, leading to her eventual downfall; by contrast, Stella has a child and husband, she has something to work towards and therefore is accepted into this ‘New America’. Arguably Blanche and Stella both strive for the same ideals: Blanche after losing Alan looks for the utopian gentleman, Shep Huntleigh; Stella is alternatively drawn to Stanley who epitomizes the New American male, however Stella is seemingly successful where Blanche is not. To an extent it can be seen that Williams is showing

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