Steet Car Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire, a play written by Tennessee Williams, takes place in the late 1940s. During the post World War Two era, men and women wanted to settle down with someone and have a calm life. This caused many people to become trapped in a situation that was difficult to get out of.. A Streetcar Named Desire is a play about a Southern belle, Blanche, who slowly loses her mind while staying with her sister, Stella. Many of the characters in the play, mainly Blanche, Stella, and Mitch, are trapped in a difficult predicament, however, by the end of the play they somehow breakout of their terrible lures.

Blanche DuBois comes to stay with her sister, Stella, after losing everything she once owned. Blanche lost her job, her family, and her property, Belle Reve. She has nowhere to live, so she is forced to stay with Stella. Blanche does not get along with her sister's husband, Stanley, and he slowly drives Blanche over the edge.

She is trapped in their home, and it causes the downfall of her life. Near the end of the play, right before Blanche is taken away to a mental institution, she says to Stella, "I'm anxious to get out of here- this place is a trap!" (135). At the end of the play, Blanche escapes her trap when she gets taken away to a mental institution. Her life, in a way, is a trap, and a crazy home represents the end of her life. Also, she no longer has to live in her sister's home. Stella does not realize that her home is a trap. She does not realize that it is not only a trap for Blanche, but for herself as well.

Stella Kowalski is married to Polish man named Stanley. He is...