Streetcar Named Desire

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Everyone wants. When that want turns in to a conscious impulse of promised satisfaction, a stronger feeling is achieved. Left free and uncontrolled, desire is disastrous.

Many are unable to come to terms with this realization until it is too late. Stella is one of these people. A very down to earth woman, Stella always agreed with practicality. For this reason, she dismissed her sister's desperate pleas for help and sided with a strong sexual desire for her husband Stanley. Stella's attraction for Stanley proves stronger than her desire for her sister's sanity until it is too late to save Blanche.

For a moment, as Blanche is escorted to an asylum Stella tests the strength of her desire for Stanley. "What have I done to my sister? Oh, God, what have I done to my sister?"� Stanley, in return, expresses an animal's desire towards women. Because of Stanley's brutally straightforward ways he demands control over everything.

" I am the king around here, so don't forget it."� Stripped of the control he exerted over his wife before Blanche's arrival, Stanley becomes infuriated and violent. He looses his temper at the smallest annoyances, launching radios out of windows, smashing dishes on the floor, and drawing attention to the power that is him. Blanche tries hard to resist Stanley's control, but he makes it his goal to destroy her.

Blanche's desires are simple and serene. She desires beauty and refined elegance. Her needs are fulfilled by her first love and husband, a poet who wrote with the compassion and sweetness that comes only from the heart. Following his death, Blanche is faced with despair. Craving tenderness she begins a life of promiscuity, feeling that the "kindness of strangers"� will give her life, when in fact, it...