A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams Essay

1987 Words Apr 16th, 2016 8 Pages
Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire shows the life of Blanche Dubois while she has a long-term stay with her sister and her brother-in-law. The play was put on stage during the late 1940’s and set in the suburban part of New Orleans, Louisiana. During this time many were rejoicing over the end of the Great Depression and wasting their new wealth on worthless goods. Only 2 years after the end of World War II and life slowly but surely transitioned back into the social norms. Men were seen back working in factories and women taking care of the household and children. During this time the idea of a “Southern belle” and the separation of social classes was fading. Blanche’s idea of being socially above others was not very popular in Elysian Fields. The inappropriate behavior of many was considered okay and was taken nonchalantly by characters. In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams the author uses masculinity and men, class and society differences and inappropriate behavior to show that society cared about the wrong things. The stage directions and the play’s context show part of the masculinity of characters like Stanley Kowalski. Stanley is Stella’s husband and Blanche’s brother-in-law. When Stanley is first introduced Williams says in his stage directions that “Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women...but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens.” (Williams 25) The first impression of Stanley…

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