A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams, a great American playwright and screenwriter, was born in 1911 and died in 1983. He has written numerous plays, film scripts, poetry, short stories and novels. His 15 plays have been made into movies. Tennessee Williams won Drama Critics’ Awards four times.

A Streetcar Named Desire is one of Tennessee Williams best plays. The play won him a Pulitzer Prize. A Streetcar Named Desire was performed first time in New York, in 1947. Even after so many years, the drama continues to be performed in many countries. The play was adapted for movie and the movie A Streetcar Named Desire was released in 1951. A Streetcar Named Desire movie won three Academy Awards.

I have read the play A Streetcar Named Desire. I have watched the drama A Streetcar Named Desire. I have watched the movie A Streetcar Named Desire. A Streetcar Named Desire is one of my favorite books, movies and dramas.

Book Title: A Streetcar Named Desire

Author: Tennessee Williams

Genre: Drama

Awards: Pulitzer Prize

First performed: 1947, New York

Screen Adaptation: 1951

Awards for movie: Three Academy Awards and New York Film Critics Award

Storyline of A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire is a character sketch of pretentious, but beautiful and sweet Blanche Du Bois. The play begins with the arrival of Blanche in her sister’s house. Blanche’s sister is very kind and loving towards her elder sister, however, her brother-in-law Kowalski is harsh and crude. The play is a study of systematic annihilation of Blanche by Stanley. Blanche represents the dream state and Stanley symbolizes harsh realities. At the end of the drama, Kowalski proves that Blanche is harebrained and sends her to an asylum. The ending is very tragic. Sweet Blanche is destroyed.

My favorite line from the play is a dialogue spoken by Kowalski, “A woman is fifty percent charm and fifty percent illusion.”

Another beautiful line is a dialogue spoken by Blanche, “Physical beauty is passing but the beauty of mind never withers.”

Ratings of A Streetcar Named Desire

I recommend you to get the book or DVD of A Streetcar Named Desire. I recommend you not to miss the live performance if you ever get a chance to watch in the theater. I bet you will never regret. Watching the drama, watching the movie, or reading the book are all different experience and all are highly recommended.

I give perfect 5 stars for the book and movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire. The rating for the drama version can vary on who is performing and where it is being performed. The only drama version I have watched was performed at a theater center in Kathmandu, Nepal. The artists were the locals and the play was a Nepali adaption of the drama by Tennessee Williams. It was a brilliant 5 star performance.

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