Desire in Literature


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LIT 123
11 May 2010
Desire in Literature
The element of desire may have been a more serious factor than visible to readers of A Streetcar Named Desire. While the tension between Stanley and Blanche seemed to largely be based on the increasing levels of attention Stella was giving Blanche, more forces may have been at play.
Early on in the play, Stanley is established as quite an aggressive man. He tossed a heavy package of meat at his wife, simply yelling: “Catch!” (Williams 2). On the surface this may seem relatively innocuous, yet the character of Stanley was being established early on in the play as being that of an overbearing, testosterone-laden brute. In addition, his...
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..... game of temptation that Blanche was playing with the randy Stanley ended up backfiring and the aggressive husband decided that he would sample other offerings from the same family. In the end, the theatre of desire which the play revolved around may have led to the demise of Blanche. She certainly played with fire to a certain extent by flaunting her beauty in the close proximity of a man who already had more sexual drive than he knew what to do with. Blanche may have received the final blow she was hoping for all along.
Works Cited
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Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire. New York, NY: New
Directions Publishing, 2004.