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Tennessee Williams gives insight into three ordinary lives in his play A Streetcar Named Desire which is set in the mid-1930s in New Orleans The main characters in the play are Blanche Stanley and Stella All three of these characters suffer from personalities that differentiate each of them to great extremes Because of these dramatic contrarieties in attitudes there are mounting conflicts between the characters throughout the play The principal conflict lies between Blanche and Stanley due to their conflicting ideals of happiness and the way things ought to be Williams begins by introducing us to the happy couple Stanley and Stella Kowalski The two live in a run-down part of New Orleans but are content in their surroundings and their lifestyle Stanley Kowalski is a Polish Immigrant who strongly believes in the role of a man in his own household One may perceive him as being unrefined and rude due to his blunt nature but to himself and Stella it is just his practical attitude towards life Evident through his interaction and dialogue with Stella and other characters is his need to prove his masculinity by being dominant and imposing In contrast Stella is overly mild-tempered and always striving to please Generally she is able to adapt to all situations This ability to adapt proves to be useful as both her husband and her sister Blanche have such strong personalities From the beginning it is apparent that Stella often plays the peacemaker She was able to foresee that Stanley and her visiting sister would clash In hopes of avoiding any confrontation she warned them both to be on their best behaviour Stella is soft-spoken speaking only when it is needed and expressing her grief only when it overwhelms her whereas Blanche is the opposite an outspoken woman with many opinions Superficial is the first impression that Blanche gives when she enters the play Consumed by appearance and face value she is unable to see
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