Street car Essay

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The play A Streetcar Named Desire made playwright Tennessee William's name and has
deservedly since had over half a century of success. This remarkable success can be
credited to the intricate characters and their interactions with each other.

Sisters, Stella and Blanche have had an enjoyable upbringing on the family plantation,
"Belle Reve". As the name suggests Stella and Blanche's time at "Belle Reve" was near
perfect. Like all things perfect it had to come to an end. While Stella did the logical
thing and left the 'beautiful dream' and married Stan, Blanche hung on to it unable to
move on and face reality. Blanche comes to Stella in an unbalanced state of mind in need
of her sister's aid. The impression is given that this isn't the first time Stella has
been there to help Blanche through a time of trouble. As much as she needs her help and as
much as she respects her, Blanche strongly disapproves of her sister's new life. Stella
tolerates Blanche's continual criticism of her husband, home and friends very well. From
this and many other incidents throughout the play we see what a tolerant and adaptable
person Stella is.

Stan and Stella's relationship is far from ideal. Stan is a violent man. On occasions he
hits Stella, but comes after her to satisfy his sexual needs. This is not to say that
Stella is unhappy in her marriage to Stan. She has adapted to the way of life in "Elysian
Fields" where it's accepted that women have arguments with their husbands and as a result
are hit by them. Eunice and Steve have a similar relationship it is normal. Despite their
violent relationship Stella relies on Stan as much as he does on her. Stella really does
need Stan and the security he provides, especially with a baby on the way. Even if she
weren't expecting a child Stella would have a lot of trouble leaving Stan. She admits to
Blanche that, "I can hardly stand it when he is away for a night…and when he comes back I
cry on his lap like a baby".

From the moment Blanche first came to stay at Stella and Stan's home she posed a threat to
Stan. He was used to being the only one Stella cared for, the one who ruled her. He wasn't
happy that somebody he had never met could move into his own territory and while residing
there, treat him as an inferior and call him "a survivor of the Stone Age". He felt so
threatened by her presence that he competed for dominance over Stella, unfairly. He
overstepped the boundaries on several occasions. He went through Blanche's personal
belongings, he spread malicious gossip about Blanche's past ruining any hopes she had for
a future with Mitch and in one last final act to ensure he had won he raped her. Stan
appears not to feel any guilt whatsoever for his acts that led to the complete mental
destruction of Blanche.

Stella had to choose between her sister and her husband. There is no way that two people
as incompatible as Stan and Blanche could live comfortably around each other. For a
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