Explain how death is a powerful symbol in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Please answer this questions particulary with opening setence, thesis and 3 supporting details. I am not asking you to...

Explain how death is a powerful symbol in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

(Please answer this questions particulary with opening setence, thesis and 3 supporting details. I am not asking you to write an entire essay for me but just ask u to give me an example of these above so i can follow all the answers u gave me to follow it and write it again)

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the death that is Williams' play takes on different forms than the traditional depiction offered.  There is the death of the past and the nostalgia that goes along with it.  I would say that the death of the old South, the domain where Blanche had some type of understanding of the world, is a present theme in the play.  Part of Blanche's challenges is that it is problematic for her to fully understand how to reconcile the new world where the Stanleys of the world have power and the realm from which she has departed to this one where she has none.  I would look for lines in the play that reflect this inability to deal with the death of one domain and how its presence lingers in another.  Another element of death that is present is the death of bonds between human beings.  When Stanley rapes Blanche, it is a death of a bond of trust that Blanche has with human beings ("I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.")  Look for lines and moments where there is this feeling of death of bonds that connect human beings.  A good location of this would be when Stella agrees to have her sister confined to a mental asylum and how she reacts to this severance of bonds between sisters.  The death of the bonds that bind and connect human beings is present in the play.

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