A Love Hate Relationship

        I have witnessed many abusive relationships, whether it is verbal or physical. There is nothing healthy about these relationships; however, when two people are in love, they will do anything to stay together. They cannot live without these people in their lives, and they do not realize how bad the relationship really is until it is too late. A perfect example of this is in the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williamsí 1947 play.

        The role of Stanley was played by Marlon Brando, and he did an amazing job of portraying his violent, aggressive character. He really captures the audience and shows us what great acting really is. Stanley is a tough, working mechanic that works in the ruts of New Orleans. Stanley seems like a devoted father to be; but, when his sister in law, Blanche (Vivien Leigh), comes into the picture, everything changes

        Blanche tries to convince her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), to leave Stanley and go back home. Their family is going through some difficult times at home, and they need Stella. Blanche only irritates Stanley and pushes him over the edge. At times he becomes violent and is abusive to both Blanche and Stella. Blanche reassures Stella that it is not a healthy relationship, and no one can raise a child in this home with vicious husband like this.

        Stella never listens; she only sees the situation as a joke. She continues to go running back to Stanley every time something bad happens. She is in love; she could never leave Stanley; and she will always stand behind him until she runs away with the baby in the film, but not in the book. Of course, it is debatable just how long she will stay upstairs in the film.

        This would have to be my favorite movie from the whole semester. The actors in this film where picked well, and they displayed their talents perfectly. This movie kept me interested; it made me laugh and cringe at times!

Rebecca Cross