The term suggests an illusion, which is not quite true, for the plantation really once existed.
Spoilers I had put off watching this video for sometime. I was afraid that I might be disappointed in this classic. But he also possesses an extraordinary physical sexuality and also seems to be more than a little bit of a victim himself. Life has not been smooth for Stanley.
No silver spoon here. Both his wife and sister-in-law put him down as a crude "Polack" and other variations on that theme. However, truly nice people as opposed to "nice" people do not engage in such speech. Whereupon he sees the tactics of class shame being used and he proceeds to blow up in a very physical and blue collar fashion.
Stanley sexually assaults Blanche at he end of the film. Blanche was already hearing voices by this time in the film, and this act of aggression pushes her over the edge. The depiction of the physical love and lust between Stanley and Stella is classic.
We do know that Stanley for all his macho swagger is extremely emotionally dependent on her. I thought the most brilliant moments in the film were towards the end when her character was speaking. Blanche is a victim, but Blanche is anything but innocent.
She was having sex with one of her high school English lit students back in Mississippi. Naturally, the small town locals did not take a shine to such behavior. Also, she was more than just a bit on the promiscuous side for a high school teacher in mid-century small town America. The sexual attraction between Stanley and her is noticeable in a number of scenes.
And yet for all her pretentiousness, lies, and putting on airs, the audience is drawn to her. Her fading beauty, vulnerability, and weakness can hardly help but elicit a sympathetic response.
Blanche is the human condition writ large. In some respects there is some of Blanche in all of us: And thank God for Tennnessee Williams and his ability to portray people more as we are than as we would like to be.
I do agree with at least one of the previous viewers that the term "nymphomaniac" seems somewhat out-of-date in describing Blanche. Blanche uses sex in a promiscuous fashion to escape from her loneliness. I think this is the same pathology that both men and women engage in when having "casual--such a strange contradiction in terms--sex".
Rather, just a lonely, tortured individual. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Both characters succumb to their alter egos, and descend into their own worlds of fantasy and half-truths. The drama is absorbing.
But the performances of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, as Stanley and Blanche, are what make the film the cinematic powerhouse that it is. And, of course, the claustrophobic, steamy French Quarter makes a perfect setting.
As one would expect for a film derived from a play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" is very talky. But this talk-fest is an exception. Overwhelming what I would otherwise consider a weakness, the acting of Brando and Leigh alone are enough to justify a two hour investment, and render an enjoyable and memorable cinematic experience.In "A Streetcar Named Desire", Blanche travels from her antebellum roots in Mississippi to New Orleans, to see her sister Stella.
But, upon arriving in the Big Easy, Blanche must confront Stella's husband Stanley, a greasy, poker-playing neanderthal lout who knows a thing or two about reality. Stanley Kowalski Essay Examples. 3 pages. A Comparison of Characters Between Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. words. 2 pages.
Character Analysis of Stanley Kowalski in The Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. words. 1 page. Allegory of the New, Industrialized Working Class and the Dying Aristocratic .
In A Street Car Named Desire, Stanely Kowalski's seduction of Blanche is not merely the victory of a strong man over a coy Southern belle, it is the representation of William's conviction that the meek shall not inherit the earth. Exposing the Truth in A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is a play that needs no introduction.
This complex piece of drama is most readily associated with Marlon Brando’s iconic portrayal of Stanley Kowalski’s lamenting cry in the streets of New Orleans. The sheer animal force of antagonist Stanley Kowalski is partly responsible for the fame of A Streetcar Named Desire.
In this play, masculinity means aggression, control, physical dominance, and even violence. Accompanying these traits are a general lack of refinement, manners, and sensitivity.
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