Explain why the phrase "The Queen of Denial" can be used to describe Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams I must have an introduction, 3...

Explain why the phrase "The Queen of Denial" can be used to describe Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

I must have an introduction, 3 supporting paragraphs and a conclusion for at least 400 words.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Why not use Blanche Du Bois's entrance dialogue as part of your introduction?  For, in a way, her lines describe her character development as so well-outline for you in the previous post.

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!

Having difficulty adjusting to adapt to her changing world in Belle Reve--Beautiful Dream--the plantation home becomes just that, a dream, and the aristocratic life from which she can satisfy her desires has switched to a dying dream (Cemeteries), ending on Elysian Fields, where the play takes place.  Incidentally, in the sixth scene, Blanche does reach Elysian Fields--something resembling paradise--as she has life within her grasp in the tender and loving moments with Mitch.

With the framework of Blanche's opening dialogue and the excellent outline of Blanche's character above by akannan, you can set up a thesis of how Blanche is delusionary in each stop on her streetcar ride of life.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that one critical element that should receive focus and attention is the fact that Blanche's subjective sense of expression is vastly different from the reality that is presented.  Blanche is having a difficult time being able to fully adapt to the ever changing world around her.  I think that part of this comes from the changing definitions of the social setting in which she is immersed.  On one hand, women's roles are changing, the Southern dynamic is changing, the expectations of relationships between men and women are changing.  Blanche lives in a state of denial in that she does not fully accept the changing predicaments, but rather clings to the subjective expression that is in her mind.  Somehow, she believes that if she cleaves to this image long enough, it will rectify all of the dynamics that are changing around her.  The notion of self is something that Blanche believes will end up winning out and when it doesn't, sheer shock sets in, the confirmation that her denial has gotten the best of her.  I think that this might be a start of where you want to write your essay in terms of Blanche's character composition and how denial plays a prominent role within it.

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