The Theater: Beast v. Beauty

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

A Streetcar Named Desire is 25 years old, and it might cogently be argued that it ranks first among all plays written anywhere during that time. Like all great works of art, it has been internalized. It is part of our sensibility, part of the way in which we see, feel, know and think about life.

The play's leading characters, Stanley Kowalski and Blanche du Bois, symbolize the eternal struggle of earthy reality v. the romantic imagination, bestiality v. beauty. Of course, the symbols would possess...

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