A Streetcar Named Desire: A Brave Work

        I think the script of the 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire is powerful. Tennessee Williams is a excellent writer. This story is convincing because he was writing about controversial things that were prevalent in his life.

        I think, as much as Blanche was modeled after his sister (Rose), she is modeled after him. Blanche is delicate, refined, in another reality, on the edge of craziness, wanting to express herself sexually, and has a closet full of skeletons, all the problems that Tennessee Williams had. The effectiveness of the play to make a person feel empathy for Blanche DuBois is phenomenal. Reading this book made me feel the pain that Blanche had to go through; very few authors have that ability.

        The dialogues between the characters each time as powerful as the next. The descriptions of characters are believable; and, when it was put on Broadway and in movie format by Elia Kazan in 1951, the productions were excellently cast each time: Stanley (Marlon Brando), Stella (Kim Hunter), and Blanche (Jessica Tandy on stage and Vivien Leigh on screen).

        It refreshing to see that some writers can and will write against the popularity of the times as did Tennessee Williams. He put controversial acts in his writing even thought people would not like it. In 1947 homosexuality was a taboo topic, and rape was an unmentionable subject, along with the subject of mental breakdowns.

        In conclusion I really enjoyed this tormented and brave authorís play and this movie, even though the more controversial topics were toned down to suit the censors.

Samantha Andersson

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