To Blanche,Stanley and Stella,what is the meaning of Belle Reve?

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Belle Reve is the family estate left to Blanche and Stella when their aristocratic parents die. Blanche loses the mansion after incurring substantial debt due to funeral expenses, etc. after the death of her parents.

It is interesting to note that the meaning of Belle Reve is "beautiful dream" in French. Blanche has lost her dream of a happy marriage, and a beautiful, elegant home. She has also lost her career as a teacher due to the unfortunate choices she made after learning of her husband's infidelity.

For Stella, she has lost her dream of a happy, healthy marriage. As Stanley states, " I pulled you down off them columns (of Belle Reve) and how you loved it." He has effectively stripped her of her aristocratic ways and humbled her to his status in society.

The theme of class conflict as it relates to the play is explored in greater depth in the theme section of enotes. Please follow the link below for more details.

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