A Streetcar Named Desire, a play by a Southern playwright Tennessee Williams, reveals the problems of america after both wars and Great Major depression. It also details the problems of immigrant households and the old settlers. However the play is situated in the South but the compelling manner in which he provides topics makes it somewhat general. A Streetcar Named Desire has two strong personas - Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski - that are concurrently similar and various. Both try to hide their own weakness however in a different way and try to reduce their internal and also external problem, but in a different way.
Blanche DuBois will come to her sister's apartment, which is situated in New Orleans's part called Elysian Domains, to escape from her annoying certainty. She and her sister Stella Kowalski are descendants of the old Southern aristocracy and they are descendants of the old immigrants. Even at the beginning of the play Blanche DuBois is considered to be always a fallen female in the sight of others. She lost all family fortune and family estate Belle Reve, she was present her husband's suicide, her history of sexual human relationships is very rich and she also offers a serious taking in problem which she will try to cover up. Blanche is an opposite character to her sister Stella. Relating to their individual former they symbolize dark and light, filthy and clean personas. Blanche, that has very wealthy personal history which really is a heavy burden to her and in simple fact pushes her to leave a family group house behind and leave her hometown, in the play undertakes an activity of cleaning herself and she attempts to clean her life from every oversight she made and begin new lease of life. Underneath all the "dirt" and sins, there is an insecure, dislocated specific. IN THE Streetcar Known as Desire there are several procedures and action for that goal. The "cleaning" will not include only personal history, reputation, her body but also associations and the way she is cured.
Blanche's problems with men started when she got committed too young a concealed homosexual, who determined suicide after the confrontation with his sexuality. During her carrier as a educator she seduced or was seduced by a lot of men including her university student. Although she probably never was alone in her hometown but certainly she was lonely. Due to all her dirty and bad record of her, she desires to produce a relationship in a right way. For Blanche a eye-sight of marriage with Mitch means to escape from dusty and sinful past, to completely clean herself from the other men. In cases like this, the using of white dress, which is a coloring of innocence, as a bride-to-be would symbolically clean her record with men. Men's exploitation of her sexuality has remaining her with an extremely poor reputation and recover came up destitution. She feels she is an honorable female of South who deserves to be treated doing this but with all the gossips she cannot be. She tries to discover a typical Southern gentleman who can save her and take care of her. This chivalric man is in the play displayed by non-existing millionaire Shep Huntleigh. Blanche is depending on erotic admirations of men for it brings her almost lost self-esteem. Regardless of every look at for getting normal marriage and dignity she fails again. Blanche won't be able to clean herself from days gone by and men because of her counting on them and adding her fate in their hands. The dependency and incapability to see thing realistically leads to inevitable downfall somewhat than to purge.
The strongest motif of the cleaning processes is bathing. Blanche bathes throughout the complete A Streetcar Known as Desire. She says that the warm water calms her nerves and in the Picture Two she says, "all newly bathed and scented, and sense like a brand new human being!" Therefore the cleaning is taken as a physical mark on the one side metaphorically and on the other hand literally. Her erotic experience made her a "dirty" person and subconsciously she desires to remove her odious background. Her attempts to ignore and clean herself cannot remove her recent and because of that her bathing takes a very long time, it is almost never done. Blanche's regular bathing starts off in the World Two. Stanley and Stella are talking about the lost of Belle Reve. Stella is satisfied with the Blanche's answer which it had to be sacrificed. However, pragmatic Stanley needs to see all the paperwork concerning the family estate. He seemed to always wish of owning the house or take an edge from its sales. Stanley assessments clothes in Blanche's trunk and accuses Blanche that money from the sales is her clothing now rather than in his pocket. While Blanche is bathing first facts about her history is revealing. She baths as she'd like to clean her guilt of shedding the Belle Reve. And behind her again others are deciding of her future. During bathing Blanche is singing.
In Arena Two and Seven there is a popular ballad "It's Only a Paper Moon". The lyrics "It's a Barnum and Bailey world / Just like phony as it can be / Nonetheless it wouldn't be make-believe / If you presumed in me, " describe the world where love is turn from truth into a phony fantasy. Love dos not can be found in real life and it is merely thought. It narrates Blanche's life and her strong believe her future joy with Mitch lies in her behaviour. Blanche considers that if she'd try hard enough the hope could have become fact. The song very well accompanies the process of cleaning herself during bathing. Tennessee Williams use a juxtaposition of Blanche's notion of her love life and the cruel certainty, Blanche's optimistic interpretation of the track with Stanley's mischievous revelations about her. Williams creates an ironic remarkable situation where Blanche is performing about, in simple fact, nonsense. As Blanche requires a bath Stanley tells Stella about her sister's intimate history. Other important thing is taking place behind Blanche's backside. Stanley explains to Stella that he also advised the whole history not and then her but also to Mich. Stella is currently sure that Mitch won't marry Blanche because of that. While Blanche is bathing other important information about her reveals. Externally Blanche appears to be fresh and temporarily renewed. However, she fails the procedure of cleaning herself from previous and her reputation again. Stanley has objections against Blanche's frequent bathing. On the metaphorical level he shows his rejections towards Blanche's techniques of cleaning and purification.
There is other music Blanche is using for getting rid of her past and becoming as innocent as she was when she's been still committed. The Varsouviana Polka is the tune which she hears in her head. It is also a tune which she was dancing with her man and when she last observed him alive. The songs reminds Blanche times of innocence and enough time when the drop of her life became. Your day when Allen Gray dedicated suicide she found him with other male friend in bed and pretended that little or nothing occurred. However, during dancing on the melody of Varsouviana Polka she told him that she found him disgusting. The polka presents Blanche's desiring innocence which has already been lost. First Blanche hears it through the conference of Stanley in the Picture One. Other appearance of the tune accompanies Blanche's narration of her young husband's loss of life. Since her mental decrease begins she can notice the Varsouviana Polka constantly. For the purposes of process of cleaning she tires to move her miseries out of simple fact and targets her imaginary dream past world, she focuses on the becoming innocent again. In fact, her insanity is a token of regression to ideal imaginary environment.
In conclusion, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire tries through various ways to get rid of the past, sins, mistakes, stories and reputation. She arrived in Elysian Domains, which is the place where souls come before they can come back to our world, we can expect that her quest will start yet again. So right from the start it is clear that Blanche will fail. Her problems go together. Her troubles with man would be cleaned by a putting on of a white dress at her wedding with Mitch, Blanche's obsessive bathing resembles plunging of souls, the procedures of cleaning are very psychic because she hope to escape her "habitual sins", liquor does not rinse away memories as well as the songs which supported cleansing of the sins away do not help. Blanche is forced to leave with all her blunders back to the rough fact but from the new new start but to the same stained background and reputation.
Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Known as Desire. New York: Signet, 1974.