Tennessee Williams' Play "A Street Car Named Desire" An Essay About How Blanches Society Is The Epitome Of Her Eventual Demise

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Tennessee Williams a playwright plagued with a childhood in a dysfunctional family and the Burdon of being a homosexual in the 1940?s, wrote many plays concerning topics that could be considered taboo for their time. An excellent example of his controversial writing is presented in the play ?A Streetcar Named Desire.? This literary work deals with such topics as alcoholism, suicide, homosexuality, promiscuous sexual relations, rape, and nymphomania. The epitome of these problems has in effect caused the destruction of Blanche?s life; the heroine in this play. This tragedy is directly caused by a combination of Blanche?s and societies actions.Blanch as a character has many flaws, A number of ...view middle of the document...

She states pervious to this that Allen wrote beautiful poetry, and love letters. It seems fitting that she would appropriate a position as an English teacher to try to find someone with the same qualities that she found in Allen. She even states: ?? I attempt to instill a bunch of bobby-soxers and drug-store Romeos with reverence for Hawthorne and Whitman and Poe!? The relationship she has with this youth eventually sparks the dismissal from her position as an English instructor, after the father of the student becomes aware of the situation and files a complaint with the school. Which in-turn, results in Blanche coming to live with her sister Stella and Brother in law, Stanley.Another flaw that is apparent in Blanche?s character is her tendency to deceive the people around her, ironically it could be said that the secrets she keeps are a major factor in her decent into madness; which parallels the secret that Allen kept that was the determinate in his demise. These secrets are an attempt to shield the people around her from her history in hopes of creating a new life without the unfavorable reputation that she obtained in Laurel. In addition to this it could be said that lying was part of her upbringing, ??after all, a woman?s charm is fifty percent illusion?? It seems that her motivation in lying is both to avoid her past, and to create a new life without the undesirable reputation that she had made for herself. It seems however after Stanley uncovers the truth about Blanche?s past, creating a new life is seemingly impossible as this reputation seems to find its way from Laurel, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana. Which are about 141miles apart.Society plays a large role in this play, and is a major factor in the demise of our heroine. It seems that the clash between the aristocratic ideals that blanch represents vs. the working class ideals that primarily is...

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