The Real World

         In the world today, according to movies, we live in a society of slow motion, green screens, superheroes, and everything else to the limit of technology. But hardly ever do movies have the reality of events. With directors and writers such as Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan though, the real world and its unhappy takes/endings are essential to story telling

         Tennessee Williams wrote the 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire, in which a troubled sister and troubled husband fight for the possession of the sister/wife. The play deals with troubled marriages, delusions of grandeur, hard times, and rape. All of these aspects were around back then, in the 30s and 40s, and before. The 30s and 40s were not the easiest times for Americans, seeing as we were either embroiled in a Depression or World War.

         Then it is all the better that we watch some fantastical film in which everyone is happy for the rest of their lives. I like those kinds of films and books every once in a while, but we cannot forget reality. Reality is what keeps us grounded. It makes sure that we do not forget our troubles. For if we do not have any troubles or faults, are we human? In reality the fantastical and good things can happen, but unhappiness surrounds us too. People endure troubled marriages, rape happens more often than we like, fanatical delusions of grandeur occurs, and people fall on hard times. Both Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan help bring these to light and in the end, an unhappy conclusion as well.

         As stated before, Tennessee Williams brought these subjects to light in the play, but in 1951 Elia Kazan brought it a step further in the movie. In the end of the play, Stella goes back to Stanley, the abusive rapist. But in the movie, Stella (Kim Hunter) leaves Stanley (Marlon Brando). Usually people would expect Stanley and Stella to send Blanche (Vivien Leigh) away peacefully, visit her everyday, and live a happy family forever and ever. But life sometimes does not work out like that

         In today’s age, we have gotten so adapted to the happy ending that we forget another ending exists. And to further this intolerance, technology pushes us further into our own delusion of happiness. We need to be reminded at times that the world can be a cruel and dangerous place. Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan do exactly that.

Jacob Savage

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