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A Streetcar Named Desire

It's not so much that Blanche deceives Mitch; it's more that Mitch gets the wrong idea about Blanche. He puts her on a pedestal, believing her to be a fine, upstanding southern lady. He projects...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019, 11:15 am (UTC)

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Both of these phrases were spoken by the character of Blanche DuBois in two separate poignant moments in the play. When she says Voule-vouz... she is speaking to the young man who was delivering to...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2010, 8:08 am (UTC)

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When Blanche asks Stella if she has ever ridden on "that streetcar named desire," volumes are spoken. The title of the play has always been a fascinating one for me. In one aspect, I can take it...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2010, 2:16 am (UTC)

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The polka music, the Varsouviana, is one of the most important of the play’s many symbols. It represents Blanche’s worsening state of mind in the play. We learn from Scene Six, when Blanche relates...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2014, 2:27 pm (UTC)

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Blanche DuBois is depicted as a rather complex character in Tennessee Williams's classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. She is certainly not an innocent woman, but it would be considered harsh and...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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Stanley’s desire is to keep the status quo in his home, which allows him the freedom to express his masculinity. He enjoys his life in his New Orleans tenement, where he lives with his pregnant...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019, 4:12 pm (UTC)

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The problem with this question is that reconciliation implies two sides compromising or at least coming to a peace with one another. This does not happen between the Kowalskis and the Dubois in A...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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I think that the previous post was very well spoken and strong in the analysis featured. I would only echo that the idea of appearance vs. reality is a driving element throughout the play....

Latest answer posted July 24, 2010, 6:42 pm (UTC)

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What the symbol of the packet of meat suggests about Stanley Kowalski is that he's a primitive, savage man, almost like a caveman. One can easily imagine Stanley, thousands of years ago, coming...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2021, 2:27 pm (UTC)

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Blanche states in scene 5, "I want Mitch—very badly [emphasis added]," but she does not necessarily want to impress him. She actually states, "I want to deceive him [emphasis added]." It can be...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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The most dominant mood in this play is that of tension. There is conflict, whether underlying or overt, in every scene. The tension is created by the presence of Blanche in the Kowalski household....

Latest answer posted June 21, 2013, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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Both plays are tragedies. In both plays, a sensitive, introspective main character is destroyed by life's brutality. Both characters are ill-fitted for the coarse and corrupt worlds in which they...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2017, 3:46 am (UTC)

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We sympathize with Blanche because she is doing everything she can to survive and take care of herself despite her fragility. She realizes the "beautiful dreams" she grew up with are not going to...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2020, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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The period of time over which the whole play takes place is shown by Stella's pregnancy. Blanche moves in with her and Stanley when Stella is about four months pregnant. We can see her growing...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012, 4:16 pm (UTC)

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On the face of it, Mitch seems like the complete antithesis of the hulking Neanderthal that is Stanley Kowalski. But despite his gentlemanly image and impeccable manners he still shares some of the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire falls under different categories, or genres, of drama: family drama, realism, and modern tragedy. "Family Drama" involves conflicts (without...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019, 4:47 pm (UTC)

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Blanche loses her mind after losing the family home. It is clear that whatever mental stability Blanche had cracked when she lost the family homestead, Belle Reve. It is the last in a long line of...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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At the end of scene 10, Stanley and Blanche fight and he carries her away to rape her. During scene 10, Stanley catches Blanche in a lie. He goads her on and fights with her after she's continued...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019, 2:18 am (UTC)

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Tennessee Williams uses the names of real locations and streetcar lines in New Orleans to suggest the play’s themes. Two streetcar lines are named Desire and Cemeteries for the stops where the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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One of the first things we learn about Blanche is that she longs to cling to her image of an innocent, beautiful southern belle. She proudly tells Stella that "I weigh what I weighed the summer you...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 1:47 am (UTC)

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Many characters experience loneliness in this play, but the one who could be said to be the most lonely- and who acts upon that loneliness- is Blanche DuBois. Blanche spends all of her time in the...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Although we don't discover the true depths of Blanche's mental illness until later, the signs are certainly there early on in the play, as we see from the following words she speaks to Stella: I...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018, 11:48 am (UTC)

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In Tennessee Williams's classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister's home in New Orleans, where Stella lives with the violent, unrefined Stanley Kowalski. Blanche...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019, 6:12 pm (UTC)

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In scene 8 of A Streetcar Named Desire, all of Stanley's annoyances about Blanche and her attitude towards him, as well as, all of the insecurities this seems to bring up, comes to a head. He's...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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Girard's theory of mimetic desire argues that all desire is mimetic or imitative. In other words, we desire something only because we first see that someone else has it. Our desire is built on...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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Post #7 by sagate is correct. On page 4 Stella is described as "about twenty-five" in the stage directions, and then on the next page the stage directions describe Blanche as "about five years...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2012, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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In his stage direction for this scene, Williams seems obsessed with color: the yellow of the linoleum floor; the green of the glass lamp-shade; and the blue, purple, red-and-white check, and light...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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This quote is from Scene 9 of A Streetcar Named Desire when Mitch and Blanche break up after Stanley uncovers to Mitch the reality about Blanche's sexual past. Mitch is disgusted and upset; he no...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2015, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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Stella and Stanley are married. Eunice and Steve are married. This makes Blanche seem all the more the solitary and needy outsider. Eunice and Steve are friends and neighbors of Stella and Stanley....

Latest answer posted December 16, 2015, 12:40 am (UTC)

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This one is a bit complex. On some level, it is at this point in the drama where the tension between Blanche and Stanley is reaching its zenith. Stanley has been able to assemble what he needs to...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2011, 1:52 am (UTC)

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Blanche wants Mitch to save her and help her change her current situation. There is a great reason for her to want this, she has lost it all: the family home of Belle Reve her husband, to suicide...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018, 4:17 pm (UTC)

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Stanley represents a whole different world to Stella; a world of danger and excitement; a world far removed from her staid, genteel upbringing. On the face of it, it may seem that married life with...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019, 7:56 am (UTC)

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Central to characterization and themes is the use of color by Tennessee Williams in his A Streetcar Named Desire. With intentional irony, Williams has named his main character Blanche DuBois, a...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2012, 1:25 am (UTC)

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In Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire", the tone is very important. Tone: the writer's attitude toward the material and/or readers. Tone may be playful, formal, intimate, angry, serious, ironic,...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011, 8:09 am (UTC)

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Blanche is characterized by her performative nature. She often hides the truth or does not let on what she is really thinking. To understand Blanche's jealousy, we're going to have to analyze her...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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Blanche makes this comment to Mitch when they are alone together in Stella and Stanley's apartment. Her has kissed her, which she says she liked very much, but also notes that she felt she had to...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2021, 11:59 am (UTC)

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In playwright Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, the entrance of Blanche DuBois signifies the end of Stella and Stanley's relationship as they have known it, and Belle Reve, the...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2017, 3:21 am (UTC)

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The sharp contrasts between the Kowalski and DuBois worlds comprise the central conflict in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. While Blanche DuBois has cultivated a careful facade...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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As stated previously by my fellow educator, only one question is allowed at one time. I will explain what happens when Stanley finds out that Belle Reve has been lost. At the time Stella tells...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018, 10:44 pm (UTC)

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There are multiple internal and external conflicts within "A Streetcar Named Desire". For purpose of ease, I will go through the characters and the conflicts that they face. Blanche DuBois:...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2011, 3:54 am (UTC)

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Stella and Blanche DuBois are sisters, and so they have similar family backgrounds. Both come from a Southern family that was at one time wealthy and respectable but has been gradually...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2017, 6:28 am (UTC)

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, the protagonist, Blanche DuBois, becomes the victim of a horrific crime when her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, rapes her. This sexual abuse, which occurs offstage,...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2021, 5:04 pm (UTC)

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I think that the basis of the conflict in A Streetcar Named Desireis for control. When Blanche enters, a critical choice is forced between Stanley and Blanche. Stella is the one whose decision...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2013, 1:11 pm (UTC)

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Stella and Blanche deal with a great many conflicts throughout the story. I'll break the conflicts up by character, and then I'll further break them down into internal and external conflicts....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2017, 1:53 am (UTC)

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Throughout A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche has been waging a war on reality. She lies about her age. She lies about why she needs to stay with Stella and Stanley. She lies about her values and...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2021, 11:17 am (UTC)

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To add to what the previous respondent has stated, this scene is clearly the climax of the play, but Blanche's sanity has been in question long before this. This is the final straw that finalizes...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2010, 12:10 am (UTC)

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Stanley first starts to express suspicion over Blanche's character when he learns that Belle Rive has been "sold" but that Blanche has not shown Stella any papers to prove this--not even the deed...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016, 5:01 am (UTC)

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In the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Blanche DuBois, an aged beauty and a woman fallen on hard times, comes to stay with her sister Stella and her boorish husband Stanley. At...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019, 2:41 am (UTC)

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In my view, the term "insane" could be applied to Blanche, but we would have to qualify our use of it for several reasons, and we would probably conclude it's not the most accurate way to describe...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019, 3:22 am (UTC)

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After Blanche rocks up at the apartment she shares with Stanley, Stella is anxious that her sister and her husband get along. Stella loves both Stanley and Blanche, and so it would naturally make...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2020, 10:48 am (UTC)

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