A Streetcar Named Desire
By: Tennessee Williams
A Streetcar Named Desire takes place from spring through early fall in a two-story building on a street in New Orleans. The main character of this book is Blanche DuBois. Blanche is Stella's younger sister who has come to visit Stella and her husband Stanley in New Orleans. After their first meeting Stanley develops a strong dislike for Blanche and everything associated with her. Among the things Stanley dislikes about Blanche are her "spoiled-girl" manners and her indirect way of talking. Stanley also believes that Blanche has conned him and his wife out of the family mansion. In his opinion, she is a good-for-nothing "leech" that has attached itself to his household, and is just living off him.
Blanche's situation with her husband is the key to her later behavior. She married rather early at the age of sixteen to a boy she believed was a perfect gentleman.
He was sensitive, understanding, and civilized much like herself coming from an rich background. She was truly in love with Allen whom she considered perfect in every way. Unfortunately for her he was a homosexual. As she caught him one evening in their house with an older man, she said nothing, permitting her disbelief to build up inside her. Later that evening, while the two of them were dancing, she told him what she had seen and how he disgusted her. Immediately, he ran off the dance floor and shot himself. Blanche believed that she was really at fault for his suicide. She started seeking a substitute man (especially young boys), for her dead husband. Her reputation declined and everyone in her hometown knew about her. This wasn't the only problem she had. Many of the aged family members died and the...