A Streetcar Named Desire

Why are some of Tenessee Williams’ references in streetcar so subtle?

In the play there’s some references, like the streetcar being named ‘Cemeteries’ and ‘Mr Graves’, but some, specifically ‘Elysian Fields’ are extremely subtle. What would be the point of him adding this in? For sure not very many people in the theatre watching the play would recognise the reference to Greek mythological heaven, but it holds such heavy metaphorical value, so why would he make it so subtle? Unless you are studying and analysing the play, it wouldn’t mean anything!

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