The play by Tennessee Williams, A Street Car Named Desire, was a visionary play that was staged in the theaters around the world. It is a classic of American theater. The strength of the play’s impact is especially great because it is, in fact, the only piece that speaks about both a person and society and is a product of our lives today
This play captured the drama of a confused human generated over the way of life in society. The house of Stanley Kowalski is visited by his wife’s sister, Blanche DuBois. For her, the house of the Kowalskis is the last refuge. In the past she had a confused, difficult, and unhappy life. Once there was a dream to make the house a family estate. Stella, her sister, at the time went to New Orleans to look for her share. Blanche remained in the estate and fought for its survival. But her dream didn’t come true. She had a failed marriage (her husband was a gay, committed suicide after learning that Blanche had revealed his secret), loss of a good name. Blanche comes in despair to her sister. She doesn’t have hopes for her personal destiny. Stella has become a stranger. When Stella goes to the maternity hospital, Stanley rapes Blanche, and Blanche goes crazy.
Williams clearly holds the idea that loneliness of Blanche is not the result of her sexual immorality, but the consequence of social conditions. A representative of the southern degenerate aristocracy, Blanche DuBois, does not accept the world of Stanley Kowalski. The author does not accidentally make his characters heirs of southern planters. In modern America, the aristocracy of the South is a small part of society; it does not form any opinions or tastes. Williams is free from the complex of a Southerner – sorrow for the past, ‘greatness’ of slave-owning aristocracy. He does not idealize the South and does not oppose it to the modern world as a perfect society in its organization. But aristocrat by birth, Blanche DuBois, is the embodiment of the ideal of spiritual refinement and sophistication. Blanche doesn’t only accept Stanley’s world, she is lost in it. She has no place in modern American society: the southern aristocracy has expired, and she dies. The point isn’t that Blanche is a delicate, sensitive creature prone to discord with the environment; she is doomed to disaster. The subtlety of her feelings makes her an unwanted guest in the world of the middle man. Culture, according to Williams, when developing a conflict Blanche/Stanley, is doomed in the face of a viable, vulgar mass man. For Williams, Blanche and Stanley are social symbols. Blanche is a symbol of the South and Stanley is a symbol of a new mass man.
The play by Tennessee Williams, A Street Car Named Desire, was a visionary play that was staged in the theaters around the world. It is a classic of American theater.