Try a Streetcar Named Love

     I had always heard of the 1951 movie A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play, so I was looking forward to watching it. I am sure just about everyone has at least heard of the infamous "Steeelllaaaa!!!!!" scene with Marlon Brando. So there I was anxiously awaiting the day I would finally get to see this classic movie for myself; and, let us say, I was not disappointed. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the mood, but…I most certainly did not love the ending.

     Desire was certainly something that was ever-present in the lives of Stanley and Stella Kowalski, played by Marlon Brando and Kim Hunter; but I think that is no reason for them to stay together in the end. Love is what holds a marriage together, not desire. Love involves respect and understanding; two things that desire has never seen. It is obvious through their actions that Stanley and Stella have an intense feeling of desire for each other. Even just the way they gaze into each other's eyes is enough to know how they feel about each other. But what they feel is not enough to keep them happy for eternity. Stanley has no respect for Stella because, if he did, he would treat not only her but also her sister, Blanche, better. Family is very important; and, even if Stanley did not like Blanche, he should have understood that it is not his place to treat her poorly. Also, there is no excuse for hitting someone. Abuse is a very serious thing, and Stanley hitting Stella proves that his feelings for her do not go beyond desire. He does not think about anything except what satisfies himself; and, even though it is sometimes Stella that makes him happy, that does not mean he deserves her.

     So I did thoroughly enjoy this film; I just did not agree with the ending in the play and am not sure about the ambiguous ending in the movie, when Stella runs away upstairs from Stanley, baby in arms, but for how long? I had hoped that Stella would have enough sense to realize that the relationship she is in is not going anywhere. The baby needs to grow up seeing a loving relationship and feel loved, but how can that happen when the baby grows up witnessing nothing but desire.

Natalie Bringham

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