DEATH MOTIVES IN A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
In my essay I am going to examine how appears in The Streetcar named Desire the motif of Death. I will refer to another play, The Night of Iguana and I also examine the different types of music and their meanings in the drama.
Death as a threatening power is present throughout the whole play in different aspects. Firstly, it is the counterpoint of the central concept "Desire . In Scene IX Blanche names the opposite of death, desire but not life. It is entirely true for her because her whole life is an unrestrainable desire, which remains unfulfilled unfortunately. Mortality has always been with her since her childhood and she has tried to fight against it. It was among the walls of Belle Reve with the elderly, dying relatives and later in the case of her husband's suicide. Blanche escapes from Belle Reve, from death, from reality, from her past and from her remorse to Desire. The play shows her way to death, her personality's death because in the end she goes crazy, on which way she is taken by desire. This is summarised symbolically at the very beginning: "They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at “ Elysian Fields!
Blanche tells Mitch, whose beloved has also died, of her discovery that her adored young husband was homosexual and the consequences of her disgust and revulsion. It was because “ on the dance-floor “ unable to stop myself “ I'd suddenly said “ "I saw! I know! You disgust me ¦ She condemns him and it is she who drives him to suicide. "Blanche's obsessive bathing is a nominal gesture of guilt and wish for redemption ¦The ritual cleansing which takes place in the tub restores Blanche to a state of former innocence. Once again she is young and pure in a beautiful world. . Both bathing and drinking are escape mechanisms as well. She also escapes into differen