- Publisher: John Lehmann; First Edition edition (1949)
- ASIN: B00E0B28ZU
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
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BLANCHE: What you are talking about is brutal desire--just--Desire!--the name of that rattle-trap street-car that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another...
STELLA: Haven't you ever ridden on that street-car?
Many will have seen either the stage or film versions of Streetcar, but reading through Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play allows for the depression to really set in. Readers may even recognize qualities in friends and family members approximating those of alcoholism or domestic violence.
BLANCHE: A hot bath and a long, cold drink always give me a brand new outlook on life!
There are so many great dialogue exchanges here, outside of the classic "kindness of strangers" quote. I'll snip a few of my favorites.
MITCH: You ought to lay off his liquor. He says you been lapping it up all summer like a wild-cat!
BLANCHE: What a fantastic statement!Read more ›
Blanche buries her devious past with a new start in New Orleans and skirts questions with a swift wit in conversation. She waters down the pains and frustrations of the past with concealed drinking and shrouds her aging face from gentleman callers in a soft light. She delusionally and openly believes that a fictional Texas oil magnate will arrive to whisk her away from yet another prison she finds herself in.
Blanche maintains a very interesting relationship with Stanley, the bane of her existence in the French Quarter. While Stanley is ostensibly boorish and untamed, Blanche poorly masks these same latent characteristics in her own personality with a ladylike charm, frequent bathing, and heavy perfume. Her attacks on Stanley are actually projections, effectively assaults on the qualities she hates most about herself. Her outward disdain for her sister's husband is likely an aggressive reaction to what is better known as jealousy.
What's more, this behavior runs in the family (another universal Williams theme). Stella convinces herself that an abusive relationship is fit to raise a child in. And at one point, the sisters recall their mother's refusal to accept her own mortality and her imploration to her young daughters to participate in this shared collusion.
In the final scenes of the story, as Stella is giving birth to their son, Stanley finishes what he started, defeating Blanche completely in a territorial act of rape.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used for an English course, definitely a book meant for discussion! Item arrived as described.Published 15 days ago by Jesse A.
I love this play. I had the same experience with this play as I did with Shakespeare. Reading the play really is a good prep for watching the performance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Francis C. Donnelly
At frist I thought I would hate it, but I ended up really enjoying it. It does take a little time before things become very interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anonymous
There’s a strong drive and passion in many of the characters in A Streetcar Named Desire. A definite rawness in emotion and complexity is within many of the scenes and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by fra7299
One of my favorite plays. So intricate and subtle with a powerful undercurrent. An American Classic. Beautiful and sad. Love it!Published 2 months ago by dave