Sexual Tension in "A Streetcar Named Desire" Book Review by Top Papers

Sexual Tension in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
An analysis of how sexual desires cause destruction in Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire."
# 133273 | 750 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Drama and Theater (American) , Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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The paper analyzes Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire," and the destruction of the three main characters of Blanche, Stella and Stanley by their inability to control their sexual desires. The writer discusses how Blanche ultimately goes mad, Stella retreats into this naive world and STanley becomes the animal Blanche seemed to unleash in him. The way Blanche got to New Orleans and the name of the street all three live on is also discussed.

From the Paper:

"Bathing and drunkenness are two common threads exposing sexual tension in the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Even the title of the play suggests the sexual tension between the characters. There are three main characters in the play: Blanche, Stella and Stanley. All three are driven by their sexual desire. Blanche is running away from her past that is filled with sexual promiscuity including a sexual relationship with one of her male students. Stella is so attracted to Stanley physically that she loses all perspective regarding her sister and her marriage. Stanley is a dockworker so filled with sexual prowess that...."

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