The Analysis Of The Main Chara Essay

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The Analysis Of The Main Chara


Tennessee Williams gives insight into three ordinary lives in his play, "A Streetcar Named
Desire" which is set in the mid-1930's in New Orleans. The main characters in the play are
Blanche, Stanley, and Stella. All three of these characters suffer from personalities that
differentiate each of them to great extremes. Because of these dramatic contrarieties in
attitudes, there are mounting conflicts between the characters throughout the play. The
principal conflict lies between Blanche and Stanley, due to their conflicting ideals of
happiness and the way things "ought to be".

Williams begins by introducing us to the happy couple, Stanley and Stella Kowalski. The
two live in a run-down part of New Orleans, but are content in their surroundings and
their lifestyle. Stanley Kowalski is a Polish Immigrant who strongly believes in the role
of a man in his own household. One may perceive him as being unrefined and rude, due to
his blunt nature, but to himself and Stella, it is just his practical attitude towards
life. Evident, through his interaction and dialogue with Stella and other characters, is
his need to prove his masculinity by being dominant and imposing.

In contrast, Stella is overly mild-tempered and always striving to please. Generally, she
is able to adapt to all situations. This ability to adapt proves to be useful, as both her
husband and her sister, Blanche, have such strong personalities. From the beginning, it is
apparent that Stella often plays the peacemaker. She was able to foresee that Stanley and
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