I had to read this book for my English Literature class and going into it, I knew it would be a good read with solid points to analyse and write about. My intention was to take notes and begin that analysis as I read it, but that didn’t really go according to plan.
I got to page twenty, then my notes were forgotten as I got completely sucked into the story and the characters, and what they represented. Each of them were so complex for a play and they were so real. Williams did an amazing job with them. He also did a marvellous job with the writing itself, making the dialogue realistic and emotional, and the stage directions were beautifully written.
Blanche, I hated to begin with, as was I think Williams’ intent. She was pretentious and judgemental and incredibly unlikeable. However, as the story progressed and we learned more about her, I felt an astounding amount of sympathy and sadness for her. Some of her lines were just so beautiful. My two favourites of these are:
‘People don’t see you – men don’t – don’t even admit your existence unless they are making love to you. And you’ve got to have your existence admitted by someone, if you’re going to have someone’s protection.’
‘His Auntie knows that candles aren’t safe, that candles burn out in little boys’ and girls’ eyes, or wind blows them out and after that happens, electric lightbulbs go on and you see too plainly.’
That last one is my favourite. I hope the questions in the exam can be answered with analysing just this line alone.
I can’t wait to start studying this at college and picking up more of Tennessee Williams’ work.