A streetcar named desire

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Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire contains more withinit's characters, situations, and story than appears on its surface. As inmany of Williams's plays, there is much use of symbolism and interestingcharacters in order to draw in and involve the audience. The plot of AStreetcar Named Desire alone does not captivate the audience. It isWilliams's brilliant and intriguing characters that make the reader trulyunderstand the play's meaning. He also presents a continuous flow of raw,realistic moods and events in the play which keeps the reader fascinatedin the realistic fantasy Williams has created in A Streetcar Named Desire.The symbolism, characters, mood, and events of this play collectivelyform a captivating, thought-provoking piece of literature. A Streetcar Named Desire produces a very strong reaction. Even at thebeginning of the play, the reader is confronted with extremely obvioussymbolism in order to express the idea of the play. Blanche states thatshe was told "to take a streetcar named Desire, and then to transfer toone called Cemeteries". One can not simply read over this statementwithout assuming Williams is trying to say more than is written. Later inthe play, the reader realizes that statement most likely refers toBlanche's arriving at the place and situation she is now in because of herservitude to her own desires and urges. What really makes A StreetcarNamed Desire such an exceptional literary work is the development ofinteresting, involving characters. As the play develops, the audiencesees that Blanche is less proper and refined than she might appear orclaim to be. Her sexual desire and tendency to drink away her problemsmake Blanche ashamed of her life and identity. Desire was the"rattle-trap streetcar" that brought her to her pitiful state in life. Blanche is the most fascinating character in A Streetcar Named Desire. One reason for this is that she has an absolutely brilliant way of makingreality seem like fantasy, and making fantasy seem like reality. Thiselement of Blanche's personality is what makes her character interest theaudience and contribute to the excellence of the work. Returning to thebeginning of the play, Blanche, shocked with the dirtiness and gloominessof Stella and Stanley's home in New Orleans, looks out the window and says"Out there I suppose is the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir!", to whichStella replies "No honey, those are the L and N tracks." Blanche wouldassume that something so common and simple as noisy, dark railroad tracksmight as well be "ghoul-haunted woodlands." Further evidence of Blanche'swarped view of reality and fantasy is shown throughout the entire play. She seems to hint to Stella and Stanley, and therefore the audience, thatshe is actually much more than she seems. In scene...