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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
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Feb 11, 11

Read in February, 2011

A Street Car Named Desire is a play written in 1947 by Tennessee Williams. The story vividly illustrates the cultural clash that results when the proud but fading Blanche Dubois visits her sister Stella, in New Orleans. Affronted by her unexpected arrival and clamorous character, Stella's husband, Stanley, a confident, loud, and brutal man, challenges Blanche's poised and pretentious exterior.

The story symbolises the tension between the rising power of the industrial working class and the fading affluence of the once proud south. The wonderfully direct dialogue is interwoven with a rich musical score - scrupulously described. The play sensitively portrays themes of power, dependence, and self-respect. Where Stella is accepting of her circumstance, and the compromises she has made, Blanche refuses to surrender to reality; turning instead to alcohol, willing self-deceit, and meandering allusions of grandeur. This landmark play is sensuous, powerful and deeply disturbing. I recommend it highly.
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