Death features prominently in A Streetcar Named Desire, and is very much connected to lust. Sex seems to be responsible for much of the death – literal and figurative – that we see in the play. Oddly enough, characters also turn to sex to comfort themselves in times of loss, which only leads to…more destruction. Death comes in all varieties in this play: the loss of reputation, sanity, physical well-being, relationships, and youth.
Death is a unifying force in Streetcar; shared pain allows the characters to bond with one another.