In “A Streetcar Named Desire” the colour blue appears consistently throughout the play. Later on, its occurrence is explained as one of the images that were fixed on Blanche’s mind after a dreadful event in her past. Consequently, the blue eyes of her lover seem to surround her, and the colour acquires additional importance for the text. This is Eréndira’s blue eye.
I did not know how the Vasouviana polka in Blanche’s deranged head sounded, so here it is:
When I was walking on Reforma admiring the cultural exhibitions of different countries around the world, these Arabian lamps caught my attention. They reminded me the light bulbs that Blanche refers to in the play because of their weak and mystic light as if they want to disguise the blinding light of reality.
“BLANCHE: I don’t want realism. I want magic! [MITCH laughs.] Yes,
yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to
them. I don’t tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that
is sinful, then let me be damned for it! -Don’t turn the light on!”
While walking among the antique cars of the exhibition that took place in Las Islas in Cu, I felt that I traveled back in time. There were many cars of the time Tennessee Williams wrote his play, so that it was easier for me to imagine the kind of setting in which A Streetcar Named Desire took place. I thing that the car of the firefighter men was the closest thing that could resemble a streetcar. There were moments in which its owner turned it on and made an annoying noise that made me also remember the continual noises that helped to create the atmosphere of the play.
I really like the Simpson’s version, it may seem silly when you just see the musical clip but the entire episode portrays Blanche in a far kinder light than the film or the play and it does it well. Still I like the funny side as well so I was sorry that I could not find the one with the actual video. It shows Marge flying with the aid of a harness and surrounded by lasers to represent Blanche’s descent into madness.
I came across this word some weeks ago “desire path.” It is the path that is created alongside the “official” one. This new path is created because it represents the shorts or the easiest way to go between one point and another. The width of the desire path and its erosion are the indicators of the amount of use that the path receives. Although Williams may have wanted to show the opposite, a desire path could prove that desire might emerge as a shortcut.