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Analysis

A Streetcar Named Desire Writing Style

Lyrical, Potent

Williams’s style comes across best in his stage directions, with lines like this one: "You can almost feel the warm breath of the brown river beyond the river warehouses with their faint redolences of bananas and coffee." He doesn’t hold back. He also brilliantly strikes at the heart of his characters with such potent descriptions as this one of Stanley: "The gaudy seed-bearer, […] he sizes women up at a glance, with sexual classifications, crude images flashing into his mind and determining the way he looks at them." Single lines carry enormous weight in helping us understand the characters we see on the stage. In other words, this prose packs a punch.

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