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THE TITLE OF THE PLAY
The reference to the streetcar or tram called Desire is highly ironic. Blanche has to travel on it to reach Elysian Fields, her sister's home. It also means that she has already indulged in Desire before reaching here. But this place will not bring her the rest and security which the name 'Elysian Fields' indicates; instead, Blanche will experience violence and brutality. In fact, she calls her sister's love for Stanley "brutal desire" and likens it to the streetcar that she snobbishly dubs as a "rattle-trap". Ironically, desire does become her trap. To escape her horrifying near-encounters with death through family members, she sought Desire. Her sorrow is that the pleasure brought from Desire was fleeting, just like the tram journey was short-lived. It could not give her security and stability, the things she wants from life. Yet, she cannot return on the Streetcar named Desire, because it is only a one way ticket; she has already ridden on Desire, and it has brought her nothing but sorrow and loneliness. Ironically, the Streetcar named Desire leads to the Streetcar named Cemetery. Blanche appropriately rides them both.