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How does A Streetcar Named Desire fit the American dream, and which characters achieve it?

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schnuba | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted January 27, 2010 at 4:19 AM via web

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How does A Streetcar Named Desire fit the American dream, and which characters achieve it?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 28, 2010 at 9:49 AM (Answer #1)

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A Streetcar Named Desire presents the American dream through irony. It is represented in the character of Stanley Kowalski, a Polish American who could boast a good job for substenance, a home, a stay-home wife, and a certain success in his job which allows him to have these  things.

On the other hand, he is kniving, evil, cruel, chauvinistic, abusive, and overpowering behind closed doors.  He is also reproachable in his treatment of Blanche who, no matter what, did not deserve  being raped by him and much less have her life torn apart by his cruelty.

Concisely, Williams presents an ideal which is hardly attainable, in the open hands of a man who seems in the outside like the epitome of the American Dream, but in the inside is the epitome of a nightmare.

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