The play is considered in modern society as an icon of its era, as it deals with a culture clash between two symbolic characters. Set against the steamy backdrop of New Orleans' gritty French Quarter, Tennessee Williams' 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the story of Blanche Dubois, a faded Southern belle driven to madness by her animalistic brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Taking refuge from her crumbling past, the fragile yet determined Blanche arrives unexpectedly at her married sister Stella's doorstep, hoping for a better life and restoration of her senses. But her childlike helplessness, romantic yearnings, and genteel illusions are no match for the squalor of her new surroundings, the oppressive summer heat, and Stanley's growing lustful rage. The combination of these brutish forces inevitably triggers Blanche's mental and moral disintegration, making A Streetcar Named Desire one of Williams' most electrifying and absorbing theatrical masterpieces.