Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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Textual Analysis of A Streetcar Named Desire Based on Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Elia Kazan creates an award winning movie that helps readers visualize Stanley’s primal masculinity, the inner torments of the Kowalski women and the clash of the other characters’ problems which create a chaotic mess. Using stage directions in the play, William hints that Blanche is not who she appears to be while the movie subtly sheds light on Blanche’s strange little habits that suggests a bigger issue. The movie also censors many of the main themes in Williams’ play but makes up for it by having its actors flawlessly portray the characters’ emotions, allowing the readers to see the conflict at its full magnitude. Both the movie and the play sympathize with the powerless women by underlining the important theme of women’s dependence on men. Blanche is an insecure, miserable older woman who masks herself as a rich, upper class lady. She continues to shy from reality and seduce men as she cannot comprehend that her reliance on men will ultimately lead to her downfall She realizes that she is aging and thus by engaging in sexual trysts with men, she thinks that she is still wanted and that she still has a place in society despite her current status. “After the death of Allan - intimacies with strangers was all I seemed able to fill my empty heart with...panic, that drove me from one to another, hunting for some protection.” (Williams, pg 146). William captures the problem of distressed women in our society through the portrayal of the rape scene between Stanley and Blanche. The scene exemplifies the power struggle between the two and is a representation of the society. No matter how hard she tries, she will always lose to men. Just like no matter how much women try, it will always be a male dominated world. In the movie, the rape scene is complemented with a

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