A Constant Fight between Id and Ego: Blanche’s Tragedy in A Streetcar Named Desire

Shaoping CHEN, Zhizhong CHEN


Tennessee Williams famous play A Streetcar Named Desire showed readers the tragic downfall of a lady named Blanche DuBois, who falls from a respected school teacher to a frivolous socialite, and finally a “crazy” woman. This paper intends to interpret Blanche’s tragedy with Freudian theory of id/ego/superego, focusing on analyzing Blanche’s hidden id, and her struggle between the id and the ego under the influence of the social environment and in particular, the two man in her life, Stanley and Mitch.



Tennessee Williams; A streetcar named desire; Id; Ego

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Bressler, C. E. (1999). Literary criticism: An introduction to theory and practice (2nd ed.). New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Williams, T. (1989). A streetcar named Desire. New York: Signet Publication.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11794


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