Streetcar Named Desire

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"We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love." (Tom Robbins) Sex, love, and relationships are three major components to this stories plot; without them the story would have no substance. A Streetcar Named Desire follows the life of Blanche DuBois after she has been fired from her job and goes to live with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley in New Orleans. She has been through many things and isn't economically nor mentally stable throughout the play. Three themes that are prevalent throughout the play are the themes of appearance, sex, madness. The saying, "looks can be deceiving" rings true in this play. The main character Blanche conceals many things from people, even her own sister. She tells people that she was dismissed from her job,…show more content…
Blanche is introduced to a man named Mitch and they hit it off right away; however, because of her past being revealed to him late in the book by Stanley, he tells her he wants nothing to do with her. In the end, it seems that all the walls she built up gave her no more help then just coming clean about her past. The theme of sex is very clear to see throughout the entire play. In this play sex is shown as a way to cope, a release, and a need for control. But what is missing is sex being a way to show love between two people. After Blanche's husband committed suicide she has had many promiscuous sexual endeavors and uses sex as a way to escape from reality (cope); i.e. her having an affair with a student which caused her to lose her job. Between Stella and Stanley there is a lot of distance, and when the audience (or reader) experiences their sexual encounters. they are shown as very violent scenes. However, Stanley feels that Blanche is pushing Stella a way from him, and to show his power he rapes

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