A streetcar named desire rape

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play—reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), and Williams’ essay “The World I Live In.”

It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared—57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the ’40s and ’50s.
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A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Vivien Leigh Ending Scene

The idea of transforming "A Streetcar Named Desire" into a ballet was, in fact, never far from my mind.
Tennessee Williams

"A Streetcar Named Desire": The Rape Scene

Lauren Seigle WR , Paper 2. Download this essay. Critic Kathleen Margaret Lant claims that Williams prohibits Blanche from the realm of tragic protagonist as a result of his own culturally ingrained misogyny, using her victimization as an intentional stab at womanhood. Sympathy for Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire is garnered in large part from the obvious trauma she has experienced due to the loss of her beloved husband, Allan Grey. Ironically, this aspect of the play is also one that critics and readers frequently use to demonize Blanche and disprove her role as a sympathetic character. Lant posits that Blanche had a responsibility as a wife to somehow rescue her husband from his own sexuality, and Williams condemns her lack of calm understanding when confronted with a threat to her own happy marriage.

The filmmakers, for their part, said it was not possible to do the picture without it. Surprisingly, it was Breen who blinked. These descriptions, unpleasant though they may be, only detail a few of the recent on-screen rapes and can barely hint at how wrenching these scenes are. This is not, it should be clearly said, a call to return to the old Production Code days. The problem with the current spate of rape scenes is several fold. Worse than that, the filmmakers seem to be trying to outdo each other in how forcefully they can grind our faces in the disturbing specifics of the event.

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Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you. Many audiences and readers have debated whether or not this act was premeditated or done impulsively, as to some the play is laden with evidence and to others Stanley seems to make a snap decision. Many psychologists have been researching and studying what causes people to commit rape, and some have determined that premeditated rape stems from a combination of destructive human emotions. For decades experts have been studying rape cases in order to determine why people rape, and many have found common elements, such as sexual attraction and rage. Essentially, Groth is arguing that issues of power, anger, and sexuality may all be factors that influence people to rape. Additionally, he posits that all three operate in every instance or rape; however, one normally dominates the others In order to explore this concept further, he and his colleagues conducted a research study in which they ranked the dominant issue in accounts from offenders and ninety-two victims

Later that evening, Blanche is dressed in an old, faded gown and has a rhinestone tiara on her head. She has been drinking heavily. She is talking to herself when Stanley enters. He tells her that the baby won't come before morning, and the doctors sent him home. He wonders about the outfit that Blanche has on.


  1. Christine F. says:

    Ballet by John Neumeier based on Tennessee Williams

  2. Frank H. says:

    Known by many as "The Rape Scene," scene 10 of "?A Streetcar Named Desire" is filled with dramatic action and fear inside the flat of Stanley.

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