The Role of Desire in a Streetcar Named Desire

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Orlando Davies-Vannelli
Tennessee Williams maintained that he couldn't write any story unless, "there is at least one character in it for whom I have a physical dewire."
In the light of this comment, discuss the role of desire in the play.
There are many moments in the play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' where Blanche DuBois and desire are inextricably linked. Indeed, she arrives in Elysian Fields after taking a streetcar named desire. One critic has said that the journey which Blanche takes to get to her sisters apartment on a streetcar named Desire and and then changing to a streetcar named Cemetries reflects her overall journey through life. For example, in her youth she rode on her desires and during as well as after the play takes place, she changes to a morbid route, described as "Cemetries". In some sense, her quest for desire was as short lived as her tram ride.
Another moment where the idea of desire is evident is when Stanley tells Stella that "I (he) am the king around here, so don't forget it." which reflecs his desire to have power and control over everyone in his 'domain'. This is one moment in the play where Stanley's true controlling ideas are shown to the audience. Through Stanley, Williams presents us with the idea that he is one who has achieved his desrie of being unnapposed in his society. An example of this is at the end of the play where Stanley isn't held accountable for a crime he has committed (the rape of Blanche) and his life goes back to how it was at the beginning of the story with him keeping control of his life and the lives of the surrounding characters. This also gives the audience a sense of futility of the life and how so much can change but at the end of an episode the status quo isn't guaranteed to change.
Blanche has a pressing desire to hold onto her youth, since it gives her a sense of power over the men who would lust after…...

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