Blanche’s Destruction: Feminist Analysis on A Streetcar Named Desire

Fang WEI


A Streetcar Named Desire is a famous play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984. He is highly praised and eulogized for its delicate construction, refined writing, vivid characters and provoking thoughts. It mainly deals with the conflicts between two symbolic characters, Blanche DuBois—a fading gentlewoman of the Old South--and Stanley Kowalski, an industrial, urban immigrant with unrefined characteristics. In particular, Blanche, as the representative of delicate and fragile southern female images, has been the focus of discussion. This paper analyzes this typical controversial heroine from the perspective of feminism in terms of social culture, economic factor and women’s psychology to find out the main factors for her destruction.
Key words: desire, feminism, social culture, economic factor, women’s psychology
Résumé: Un Tramway Nommé Désir est une célèbre pièce écrite par le dramaturge américain Tennessee Williams, pour lequel il a reçu le Prix Pulitzer pour le Drame en 1984. Il est très apprécié et louangé pour sa construction délicate, son écriture raffinée, ses personnages vivants et d’inspirer la réflexion. Il traite essentiellement les conflits entre les deux personnages symboliques, Blanche Dubois-une dame fanée de vieux Sud - et Stanley Kowalski, un immigrant urbain industriel avec la caractéristique non raffinée. En particulier, Blanche, comme le représentant de l’image des femmes du sud délicat et fragile, était le point focal de la discussion. Ce document analyse cette héroïne typique controversée du point de vue du féminisme en termes de culture sociale, facteur économique et psychologie des femmes à connaître les facteurs principaux de sa destruction.
Mots-Clés: désir, féminisme, culture sociale, facteur économique, psychologie des femmes

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