Williams A Streetcar Named Desire: An Existential Psychotherapy

Pegah Qanbari


According to Existentialists, death anxiety and fear of mortality are inseparable parts of any human beings, so people throughout their lives are in constant struggle with this force by employing different means of self-defenses such as believing in their “specialness” and an “ultimate rescuer”, which will be shattered and leave the person unprotected from death thereby causing more anxiety. Blanche in The Streetcar Named Desire (1947) is an individual suffering from severe death terror, which was replaced by other forms of fear. This research paper aims to prove the cause of Blanche’s predicament and her eventual downfall are her untreated death terror.


Specialness; Ultimate rescuer; Existentialism; Guilt; Isolation; Anxiety

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9869


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