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Encountering Others, Love, Friendship: A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written by Tennessee Williams in 1947. The story is about a married couple, Stella and Stanley, who despite Stanley’s aggressiveness and violent tendencies, love each other and live vicariously through their sex life. They manage to live peacefully (or violently, depending on one’s point of view) until Stella gets a visit from her sister, Blanche Dubois. Blanche is a peculiar woman who resorts to her beauty, compulsive lying, and manipulation of men to obtain what she desires, which usually is some form of attention. She suffers from what one can only describe as insanity, as she seems to not be able to draw the line between real life and her hallucinations. Blanche’s character is believed to be based on the playwright’s sister Rose, who was institutionalized for life after a lobotomy gone wrong in an attempt to fix her schizophrenia. The play revolutionized theater and entertainment media by addressing taboo topics (albeit not always in so many words) such as rape, promiscuity, and homosexuality.