A Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire Characters

Blanche DuBois

Stella’s older sister, about thirty years old, was a high school English teacher in Laurel, Mississippi until recently forced to leave her position. Blanche is nervous and appears constantly on edge, as though any slight… (read full character analysis)

Stanley Kowalski

Stella’s husband, is full of raw strength, ferocity, violent masculinity, and animal magnetism. He wears lurid colors and parades his physicality, stripping off sweaty shirts and smashing objects throughout the play. His extreme virility is… (read full character analysis)

Stella Kowalski

Stella is Blanche DuBois’s younger sister and Stanley Kowalski’s wife. She is the emotional center of the play. Stella is the calm, reasonable foil to Blanche’s frenetic hysteria, and she is the soothing, feminine… (read full character analysis)

Harold Mitchell (Mitch)

The “gentleman” of Stanley’s poker-playing friends. Much more genteel and mannered than the animalistic Stanley, though still a man with physical desires. He and Blanche develop a relationship, but Blanche pretends to be much more… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Eunice
Steve’s wife and the Kowalskis’ upstairs neighbor. Eunice is vivacious, earthy, and practical. She and Steve constantly fight and make up.
Steve
Eunice’s husband and the Kowalskis’ upstairs neighbor. Steve is one of Stanley’s poker-playing and bowling friends. He is brash, hot-tempered, and somewhat comic, and he and Eunice constantly fight and make up.
Pablo
Another one of Stanley’s poker-playing friends.
Negro Woman
A neighbor who is chatting with Eunice when Blanche arrives at Elysian Fields for the first time.
Doctor
A doctor from the mental asylum who comes to take Blanche away.
Matron
A nurse from the mental asylum where Blanche is sent at the end of the play.
Young Man
A collector of subscriptions for the newspaper whom Blanche seduces.
Mexican Woman
A street vendor who comes to the apartment to sell “Flores para los muertos,” frightening Blanche.