March 13, 2014
Streetcar Critical Essay
George Bernard Shaw once said “There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.” When a person is unable to achieve the thing they had set their heart on there is often a feeling of despair left behind, a sense of failure. Gaining your hearts desire may often seem like the best thing to happen to a person. It gives them a sense of fulfillment that they never had before. However, one can often find that what they desired most is what they never needed. In Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, each character allows the temptation of deceit and desire to overcome his or her moral values in order to deal with the worlds harsh reality.
Prior to moving in with her sister and brother-in-law, Blanche allowed her desire to control every aspect of her life ultimately resulting in her losing her home and the high society life that was so dear to her. Blanche was the typical southern belle, born into a life of luxury and relaxation. She was born too late down the line in the DuBois family for her to have as much power as her ancestors once did. Allowing her desire to control her, Blanche’s home was ripped from her possession and she was kicked from the town:
“She was kicked out before the spring term ended. And I
hate to tell you the reason that step was taken. A seventeen-
year-old kid she got mixed up with - and the boy's dad
learned about it and he got in touch with the high-school
superintendent… And there was practically a town ordinance
passed against her.” (Williams 101)
Blanche fraternized with many men, allowing her desire to take over her life. The death of her husband unfortunately pushed her towards a world where she encased surrounded herself in deceit and desire in order to cope with the reality that she was now alone.
Blanche’s desire to...