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A Streetcar Named Desire

Blanche, like most upper-class Southern belles, is like a hothouse flower. She needs protection. She never learned about the real world because she had the protected childhood of an elite Southern...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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The term "American Dream" was coined by James Truslow Adams (October 18, 1878, to May 18, 1949), an American journalist, in his 1931 book The Epic of America in which he stated: The American Dream...

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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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Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, contains important light and dark symbolism. Most important in this symbolism is the light bulb in Stanley's apartment. Prior to Blanche arriving...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012, 4:42 pm (UTC)

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Blanche is attracted to young boys. She lost her job as a high school teacher because she got improperly involved with an adolescent boy. She is a romanticist. She believes in love but is afraid of...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2015, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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Stella is motivated by the powerful sexual desire that she has for the hulking great brute that is her husband. But her desires run deeper than that. Though Stanley might be a vulgar, wife-beating...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 7:17 am (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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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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Literary expressionism focuses on a character's state of mind, presents symbolic characters, and uses tableaux--all of which Williams incorporates into the final scene of A Streetcar Named Desire...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016, 3:56 am (UTC)

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The biggest desire in the play is Blanche's. She desires more than anything else to be accepted, find a place in the world, be loved, be cherished, and be cared for. Yet she is destined never to...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2018, 9:51 am (UTC)

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Tennessee Williams uses Blanche's fascination with teenage boys as a way to characterize her. It makes her seem somewhat decadent, a relic of the Old South. Her perversity leads to her decline and...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012, 8:14 am (UTC)

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Tennessee Williams makes excellent use of symbolism in his play A Streetcar Named Desire as he employs the symbols of light and shadows, music, bathing, and the streetcar to develop his characters...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2021, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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Alongside the significance of New Orleans, outlined very well in a previous response, perhaps the other most important use of setting occurs in scene 10. Scene 10 is an excellent example of...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019, 7:52 am (UTC)

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In act two, of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Stella and Stanley are discussing Blanche, Belle Reve, and Blanche's truck of dresses, furs, and costume jewelry. Stella, wanting to...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2013, 9:55 pm (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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In scene 7, Stanley arrives home and Stella informs him that it is Blanche's birthday party. As Blanche is in the bathroom, Stanley proceeds to ridicule her for constantly taking baths and explains...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams presents Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski as polar opposites in many regards. However, both characters are disappointed with the current state of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2020, 6:13 am (UTC)

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Stanley is sexually attracted to Blanche, but it is an unhealthy lust fueled by insecurity, toxic masculinity, and an aggressive desire to dominate. The play emphasizes that Stanley is a sexual...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2021, 11:41 am (UTC)

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In Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the character Blanche comes to live with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s brutish, primitive husband Stanley. Stanley and Stella occupy...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013, 5:40 pm (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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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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Blanche blames Stella for the loss of Belle Reve. While she does not appear to believe Stella's presence would have stopped the unfortunate course of events, she does think Stella abandoned her in...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2021, 11:13 am (UTC)

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A Streetcar Named Desire was never formally banned from the theater, where it was a great success that ran for 855 performances before closing, though when it was adapted for film in the early...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2021, 11:36 am (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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One similarity between Blanche and Stella is their background. Both of them grew up and experienced their youth in the "old South" and this imprint is on both of their characters. How they deal...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010, 9:50 am (UTC)

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As the two are sisters, Blanche and Stella DuBois of Tennessee Williams's 1947 Broadway play, A Streetcar Named Desire, are apt foils for one another. These two members of a fallen aristocratic...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019, 4:17 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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Stanley is the only logical choice to commit this act of ultimate revelation. He alone refuses to buy into Blanche's ruse of youth and beauty, manners and sophistication. However, in order to...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2008, 9:34 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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In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, the themes of desire and death are linked to the character of Blanche Dubois. Desire leads to death, and vice versa. In scene 1, Blanche says...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019, 6:39 pm (UTC)

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A tragic hero or heroine evokes our pity or fear, according to Aristotle, because he or she suffers misfortune that seems cruel or disproportionate to what is deserved. The tragic hero/ine is a...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018, 2:48 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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I think that we have to start off with a premise that Blanche is not operating " on a full tank of gas." I think it might be a bit on the crude side, but it gets the point across. There are so...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2010, 5:24 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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In A Streetcar Named Desire, women are portrayed as victims by simply existing within their time period. The women of the play operate in a world that is not only openly hostile toward their well...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019, 4:09 am (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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I think that there needs to be a bit of clarity offered in the discussion. Indeed, there is much truth to the fact that Blanche "lies." Yet, I think that a bit of ambiguity is present because the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2011, 2:33 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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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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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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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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The title of Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire is taken from a quote spoken at the beginning of the play where Blanche says the following words to a woman on the street in Scene...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012, 3:55 am (UTC)

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It would be simplistic to state that class conflict is the main problem between Blanche and Stanley, but there is an element of truth in this. Stanley is a working-class man who has "married up"...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019, 9:01 pm (UTC)

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Williams presents human sexuality as something that can, under certain circumstances, lead to one's destruction. That's precisely what happens to Blanche DuBois, whose own sexuality is a major part...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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An anachronism is defined as "something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time." Belle Reve, the...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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I skimmed through Streetcar and couldn't find anything about which cigarettes Stanley and Stella liked to smoke. I also couldn't find anything about Stanley disliking Lucky Strike cigarettes. I...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2010, 7:43 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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Blanche wishes to sustain the illusion that she is very ladylike and guilless, pure, young, and, although a sexually desirable person, she is respectable. Significantly, Blanche du Bois's name...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2014, 2:57 am (UTC)

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I think that Williams' drama has much in it that relates to the modern setting. In many of the topics raised in the drama, Williams was ahead of his time for they are issues that we see in society...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013, 1:13 am (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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