Everything you need to understand or teach A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
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The play opens in a shabby district of New Orleans where Stanley Kowalski lives with his wife Stella. After they leave for the bowling alley, where Stanley is to play with his friend Mitch, a well-dressed woman arrives carrying a suitcase. This is Blanche DuBois, Stella's sister. Hardly believing that this is Stella's home, Blanche ungraciously accepts the invitation of the landlady, Eunice, to wait inside. She appears nervous and highly strung and searches out a supply of alcohol, supposedly to calm her nerves. When Stella returns they greet each other fondly, but there is a hint of unease between them.
On his return home, Stanley meets Blanche and they talk amicably, but as the conversation develops and as details of Blanche's past come out—particularly her marriage to a husband who is now dead, and the loss of Belle Reve, the family's property— we see Stanley beginning to distrust... View more of the A Streetcar Named Desire Summary
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