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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire


by Tennessee Williams

Analysis: Writing Style

Lyrical, Potent

Williams’s style comes across best in his stage directions. He doesn’t hold back. He 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. (1.205)

Single lines carry enormous weight in helping us understand the characters we see on the stage. In other words, this prose packs a punch. (Much like Stanley—womp womp.)

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