What is the significance of the title of A Streetcar Named Desire?

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A Streetcar Named Desire's title operates on many levels. Firstly, it references the name of the streetcar Blanche mentions taking before the play begins. However, the title also works on a metaphorical level. Blanche's desires are what have brought her not just to New Orleans, but to her current lowly state in general. Later in the play, it is revealed that Blanche seduced a student at the high school where she taught English, causing her to lose her job and reputation.

The specific instructions Blanche receives regarding where to get off when riding the streetcar are also metaphorical:

They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at—Elysian Fields!

A streetcar named Desire leads her to a streetcar named Cemeteries, suggesting Blanche's actions and wishes have lead her only to death. "Elysian Fields" refers to the ancient Greek afterlife, further cementing Blanche's impending death—not a literal death, but...

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