The world portrayed by Tennessee Williams is replete with hectic hysteria, repression, deception, sickness, sterility, insanity, castration, cannibalism and lynching. The forces of sterility dominate and castrate the forces of vitality and life. Ethnic intolerance can also be observed in some of his plays. The brutes hold their sway by bullying and beguiling methods, and they do not let love, affection and personal freedom take their roots. Here, life becomes a struggle for survival and longing for domesticity leads to despondency. The recurrent themes of mental instability, insanity, asylum and suicide are a direct comment on the horrors and anarchy of the age, maimed and mutilated by selfishness and brutality. Williams’ plays deal with the spiritual anarchy resulting from the social anarchy. He portrays a dark and barren world where every effort to beautify and humanize it turns into a nightmare. He portrays an irredeemable world with its dying and disintegrating civilization. His threatened figures find themselves in a brutal society. They try their best to sustain themselves with the power of their will and imagination but fail in their efforts.
Irshad Ahmad Tabasum, Qabil Khan. (2011) Images of Horror in the Plays of Tennessee Williams , The Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, Volume-19, Issue-2.