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A Streetcar Named Desire

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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Tragedies are about a central character who is brought low by the end of the drama. In A Streetcar Named Desire, this certainly applies to Blanche Dubois, who tries to fight reality and loses. Even...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 2:23 am UTC

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There are several "technical" aspects of "A Streetcar Named Desire" that show it be a modernist play. Traditional plays are divided into three or four acts, with some kind of intermission or pause...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 4:06 am 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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Tennessee Williams’s essay “A Streetcar Named Success” was published in The New York Times four days before the play A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway. On one hand, the essay’s title was...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 8:11 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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In Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois makes a habit of always avoiding bright light, which is symbolic of her avoidance of reality. Blanche cannot face the truth about...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 5:18 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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I think that Blanche is presented as a threat from the beginning. Stanley and Stella have a happy life together and she is expecting a baby. When Blanche moves into their small apartment she...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2013 7:20 pm UTC

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Blanche, in "A Streetcar Named Desire", finds it very difficult to control her sexual appetite and lust. We must remember that she was let go from her teaching position for having an inappropriate...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2011 4:10 am UTC

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A Streetcar Named Desire

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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Since Blanche's family fell from the upper crust of Southern society, her nostalgia over times gone by has turned her into a money-hungry and calculating woman who uses sex to attract possible rich...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2009 6:16 am UTC

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Your question refers to Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. The first long stage direction appears at the beginning of Scene One. The direction includes the following pertaining to "sight":...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2015 9:41 pm UTC

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Stella is caught in the middle between two very powerful personalities. When she was living at Belle Rive, Blanche was her big sister, a person she looked up to, and she naturally falls back into...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2015 2:58 pm UTC

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Arguably the question is asking you to analyze the contrast between how individuals act behind closed doors, and how they appear in the presence of society. It is all part of the assumed...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2015 2:32 pm UTC

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Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” takes place in squalid, depressed section of New Orleans, with the play’s characters, Stanley Kowalski and his wife Stella inhabiting an...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 4:08 pm UTC

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, Stanley Kowalski is the personification of the alpha male type of masculinity. He's tough, physically imposing, and protective. He is also dominant. Indeed, his...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 5:26 pm UTC

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One of the most revealing quotes that sums up Stanley and his relation to others is found in Scene 8, after the big blow up between Stanley and Blanche. Stella has stepped in to defend her sister...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2007 9:09 pm UTC

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Blanche and Stella were brought up in a wealthy family, but they have lost their inheritance. Blanche still longs for the big house with white columns, and she is horrified when she sees the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2008 1:22 pm UTC

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The character of Mitch is created to be juxtaposed to the character of Blanche. They are meant to be complete opposites, whose only common trait is that they both possess ulterior motives in their...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013 3:59 pm UTC

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A Streetcar Named Desire is an elegy to an old South that died in the first part of the 20th century and such elegy is mostly represented in the characters of Blanche and Stella. The Old south,...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2010 11:07 pm UTC

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It's tragically clear from the start of the play that Blanche Dubois' sexual history will be the cause of her downfall. And the names of the streetcars which she's ridden to find her way to Stella...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 7:30 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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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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There is definitely symbolism in the title of this Tennessee Williams play, and in the reference early in scene 1 to “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The story takes place in a decidedly low-income...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 2:58 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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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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There is something about her uncertain manner, as well as her white clothes, that suggests a moth. Tennessee Williams's description of his character Blanche duBois is, indeed, apt as, moth-like,...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2012 8:07 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 DuBois represents a desire to cling to a romanticized past—her own and that of the aristocratic South. She was raised on a plantation called Belle Reve, but she has come down in the world...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018 2:19 pm UTC

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Arguably, the voice in Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire does not come from a character, but rather, it comes from the psyche of Blanche Dubois. It is not only because she is the...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 9:36 am UTC

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The title of the play comes from the streetcar that Blanche takes to get to Stella and Stanley's flat: BLANCHE: They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 1:05 am UTC

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" Sister and I in desperate situation" The day after Stanley's awful poker night where he was abusive to Stella, Blanche decided to write a telegram to a rich friend trying to ask for financial...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010 6:29 am UTC

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The intense animosity between Blanche and Stanley has a number of sources. For one thing, Blanche's arrival disrupts the rhythm of Stanley's home life. He's used to being number one, master in his...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018 8:49 am UTC

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Violence is used as a method of domination in A Streetcar Named Desire. It is also often blended with sexuality. Stanley is the most overtly violent character in the play. All his mannerisms, from...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2018 2:15 am UTC

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Blanche's fear of reality causes her to prefer to live too long in a dream world and only try to (imperfectly) move out of it when her situation becomes desperate. Blanche doesn't want to give up...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019 4:15 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 this play, Blanche is a character who represents illusion, artifice and the importance of appearances. Williams is very clear to show that this places her in conflict with Stanley, who...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2013 6:56 am UTC

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There is little mystery to Blanche’s feelings regarding Stella’s having left Belle Reve, leaving her sister to fend for herself and endure the burden of maintaining the estate despite dwindling...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013 12:09 am UTC

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Mitch first comes over to drink and play cards at the Kowalskis, but he is not, because of his breeding, "one of the boys." Suggested throughout the play is that Mitch is more than a blue collar...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2010 10:04 pm UTC

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Desire and Death BLANCHE: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! These words in the opening...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2014 4:54 am UTC

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Stanley's crude, brutish behavior is part of the "colored lights" of their relationship. His aggressive masculinity is something to which she is attracted; in a way, she finds his brutishness...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2012 6:09 am UTC

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As an Expressionistic playwright, Tennesse Williams has made use of lighting in his play A Streetcar Named Desire as well as in other plays such as The Glass Menagerie. Lighting is a reflection...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2010 4:28 am 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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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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It's really difficult to draw any particular sympathy for Stanley. He is intensely base in terms of how he approaches reality. For Stanley, consciousness is defined by his ability to take what he...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 8:53 pm UTC

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Blanche DuBois had lived a sheltered life on her family’s plantation, Belle Reve, until its path to financial ruin started to become clear. The romantic side of a rural, elite lifestyle enthralls...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 2:44 am UTC

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The theme of self- pity is seen in the strongest manner with Blanche. I think that Blanche engages in self- pity as a way to deal with reality as well as what consciousness has placed in her path....

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011 6:37 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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On the whole, Stella's quite a weak and passive woman, which is why she becomes a pawn in the epic battle of wills between her sister and husband. Caught in the middle of this titanic struggle over...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 4:04 pm UTC

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