March 16, 2005

Lotsa ?s about Streetcar

Jerz: Am Lit II (EL 267): A Streetcar Named Desire

Obviously the one thing about Streetcar that stuck out in my mind was Blanche and her lies and not only her lies, her appearance. What is up with her face, she doesn't want to be looked at in the light? Does she just think she is old and ugly or does she really have some kind of slight disfigurement? Then there is Stanley who doesn't really seem all that bad at first, then he hits his wife and then he has his way with her sister. Also I know that the metaphor between the streetcar named Desire and the street being called Elysian Fields and all that but what does all that really add up to in terms of the play? Are the Elysian Fields a reference to heaven or paradise? If someone knows can you explain.

Do Stanley's redeeming qualities justify his behavior towards women? Obviously his wife thinks so.

Posted by MaryAnderson at March 16, 2005 03:00 PM | TrackBack

Mary... As for Blanche, I think she was probably getting older, and was just very much into appearances, especially her own. It was important to her to look young and beautiful, especially realizing she was single and without anything in her life. She was probably looking for love and acceptance, and felt if she looked young and beautiful, it would help. So I think she tried to hide in darkness as an attempt to mask her real age from men. She seems a bit insecure.
I don't think that Stanley had any redeeming qualities, he seemed like a brute of a man and a rather abusive husband. However, what I found was that Stanley and his wife don't really share an emotional relationship, but more physical. I question if a love exists between them, or if they just see lust for one another. After all, Stanley raped Blanche, his own wife's sister! I don't know if he felt threatened by her, or was simply annoyed because of Blanche's opinion of his character.
I am not sure about the metaphor for Elysian Fields, however, I noticed that Karissa commented on that topic. It will probably be brought up in class, if not, it would make for a good discussion.

Posted by: KaylaTurano at March 16, 2005 03:16 PM

Hi :c) To answer you question about Elysian Fields - In Greek mythology, Elysian Fields is basically the Greek idea of "heaven" - it's where all the heroes go after death. This page tells you more:

Also, I noticed Blanche's lies throughout the piece as well! That's what I wrote about for my blog entry on the subject. :c)

Posted by: moira at March 16, 2005 11:50 PM
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