A Streetcar Named Desire is set in the home of the Kowalskis located in a poor, but charming neighborhood of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. .
Blanche Dubois - the central character and the tragic heroine of the play. She is a "moth-like" creature who is overly sensitive and overly proud of her aristocratic background. She is a stranger to New Orleans with its rough, boisterous ways. She lives in an illusory world in order to shield her promiscuity, prompted by a very young marriage that ended in tragedy. She seeks refuge with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley after losing her teaching position. She is dubbed as a misfit by Stanley and conveniently sent off to the state institution by Stella and her husband. .
Stanley Kowalski - Stella's domineering and possessive husband and Blanche's brother-in-law. Of Polish origin, he represents all that is virile, masculine, common, and boisterous in life. Vengeful in nature, he becomes Blanche's nemesis, spoils her chance of a possibly happy marriage with his best friend, Harold Mitchell (Mitch), and rapes her himself. .
Stella Kowalski - Blanche's younger sister, and Stanley's wife. She is a figure of silent suffering and tremendous compromise. Despite her gentle and refined background, she has surrendered to Stanley's domineering ways, for she truly loves him and enjoys the physical pleasures he provides. She feels sorry for Blanche but sacrifices her to the state institution to save her marriage. .
Harold Mitchell (Mitch) - Stanley's poker friend and Blanche's last hope for a husband. He is sensitive in nature, like Blanche, but also mediocre. He listens to Stanley's story of Blanche's promiscuous past and decides to forget her, thus triggering her madness;he repents too late to change the course of events. .
Eunice and Steve Hubbel - the Kowalski's landlords and upstairs neighbors. Although helpful by nature, they have their own domestic problems and quarrels.