Can you help me to find a good thesis and three topic sentences for an in-depth character sketch on Blanche?A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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While you will need to compose your own thesis with its three opinions that then become the topic sentences to the body of the essay, we editors can provide suggestions and give some direction to your writing.  One suggestion that you may wish to consider is the symbolic significance of the streetcar that threads throughout the play. In Scene One Blanche enters and tells Eunice, 

They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at--Elysian Fields.

This route is symbolic for the life of Blanche before she arrives at the home of her sister Stella. Having ridden the street-car of Desire (she even uses this phrase when she asks, "Haven't you ever ridden a streetcar named Desire?"), she denies reality in her sexual desires.  Then, when she finds her husband in a homosexual relationship, her love turns to what she calls "brutal desire," and the marriage dies, as does the ownership of the plantation, Belle Reve [which means beautiful dream].  So, Blanche transfers to Cemeteries.

Her arrival at Stella's is the final transfer to Elysian Fields.  Critic John Mood in his essay "The Structure of A Streetcar Named Desire," states that when Blanche and Mitch speak of marrying, Blanche is on "the threshold of finding God, 'Elysian Fields,' loving desire, and has life within her grasp."  However, the relationship of Mitch and Blanche deteriorates because of her deceptions and illusions, and Blanche has lost her opportunity for happiness.  The old flower woman signals this to Blanche with her chant of "Flores para los muertes?" (flowers for the dead?); and, Blanche is back on the car to Cemeteries because she has missed open and truthful desire with Mitch.


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