A Streetcar Named Desire Author:Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most remarkable plays of our time. It created an immortal woman in the character of Blanche DuBois, the haggard and fragile southern beauty whose pathetic last grasp at happiness is cruelly destroyed. It shot Marlon Brando to fame in the role of Stanley Kowalski, a sweat-shirted barbarian, the crudely sen... more »sual brother-in-law who precipitated Blanche's tragedy.« less
I just read this for the first time(and nope never saw the movie either) I was really moved by this short little play. I was set to hate Stanley at ruining that poor fragile woman but I really didnt' have a whole lot of sympathy for the woman! ok, I have some, but she showed up under false pretenses and 'needed' male approval to survive and was basically looking for a man to take care of her. She also not only turns her nose up at her sister's home but also cricizes her brother in law cruelly and he overhears this criticism which I think is what spurs him to treat her so cruelly. Actually there's probably one 'normal' person in the whole book and when Stanley so cruelly ruins the poor woman's last chance I think he actually saves that one person!Every character in this play I could both sympathize and hate for something or other and I recommend it!