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A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)

by Tennessee Williams

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Read this one for ENC1102 with good ol' Professor Macia at MDC. I haven't read many plays aside from A Raisin in the Sun back in High school (i.e., in 3-4 years), but I thought this one was pretty great. This is mostly as a result of having fallen in love with the two main characters that are Stanley and Blanche - especially Blanche, who I believe depicts the idea of narcissism in a very interesting way with her magical thinking and the like. I did feel a bit bummed about some of the other characters, such as Stella, whom I believe were meant to represent the more dependent side of the co-dependent relationship when it comes to narcissistic and co-dependent relationships, and as a result were shown to be more characteristically naive and innocent, but this had the unfortunate effect of making them rather uninteresting at times. I do find the ultimate idea behind the book (or at least if my interpretation of it) of man and woman relationships being at their core narcissistic and co-dependent to be absolutely bonkers, but it's a fascinating idea to consider either way! I also loved the use of music to add to the different scenes and the way Tennessee Williams describes New Orleans - you can tell he really did love the place and the whole idea behind it. ( )
  MMMMTOASTY | Mar 16, 2015 |
A story about jaded, sad and promiscuous woman. It is also about the family and violence against women set in the backdrop of Louisiana.
  cm37107 | Mar 6, 2015 |
Reread for one of my book clubs. It still packs a punch.
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  Pickiej | Jan 24, 2015 |
Wow. Well. I guess there's a reason [b:A Streetcar Named Desire|12220|A Streetcar Named Desire|Tennessee Williams|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1389153133s/12220.jpg|142449] is a classic. ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
Williams gives such depth to each character. Characters are incredibly different and fit the time-appropriate archetype. Blanche and Stanley are a great juxtaposition, the primal nature of Stanley contrasting with Blanche's desire for beauty. Musical cues weaved into the scenes build tension and create an aura of dramatic intensity. The booming of trains in the distance makes the scene feel raw and completely exposed, it works well as a symbol for escape. Williams uses lots of these symbols and even settings like the bathroom moments to really keep the audience tense. A bit of a tragic story, though a good read. ( )
  teresamcg | Jan 13, 2015 |
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And so it was I entered the broken world
To trace the visionary company of love, its voice
An instant in the wind (I know not whither hurled)
But not for long to hold each desperate choice.
"The Broken Tower" by Hart Crane
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The exterior of a two-storey corner building on a street in New Orleans which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L&N tracks and the river.
Stanley [bottle in hand]: Have a shot?
Blanche: No, I – I rarely touch it.
Stanley: Some people rarely touch it, but it touches them often.

Stanley: I never met a woman that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and some of them that give themselves credit for more than they've got.

Blanche: Whoever you are – I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

Blanche: Deliberate cruelty is not forgivable. It is the only unforgivable thing in my opinion and it is the one thing of which I have never, never been guilty.

Blanche: They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at – Elysian Fields!
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The story of Blanche DuBois and her last grasp at happiness, and of Stanley Kowalski, the one who destroyed her chance.

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Blanche DuBois, a haggard and fragile southern beauty finds her pathetic last grasp at happiness cruelly destroyed in large part by her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski.

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