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A Streetcar Named Desire

There are a number of major differences between between Blanche and Stanley that generate a good deal of animosity. Blanche's arrival disrupts the rhythm of Stanley's home life. He's used to being...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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Stanley is fed up with Blanche's presence and the way it has disrupted his life with Stella in their tiny apartment. He also resents the airs that Blanche puts on. Stanley investigates Blanche's...

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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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In Tennessee William's play A Streetcar Named Desire the character of Blanche Dubois, a Southern belle of sophisticated tastes and mannerisms and formerly rich woman, enters the household of her...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2012, 3:08 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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The overall impression that one gets from the encounter between Mitch and Blanche is awkwardness. Williams constructs the "boy meets girl" scenario with layers of complexity. Mitch is a decent...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2013, 10:28 am (UTC)

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I would have to say that both Stella and Stanley, in "A Streetcar Named Desire", demonstrate signs of low self-esteem and emotional dependence. Given that the most famous quote from the movie is...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2011, 10:23 am (UTC)

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Stanley dislikes Blanche for a variety of reasons. He calls out her lying and snobbish attitude repeatedly. However, the one thing he appears to resent most about her presence in the house is its...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2021, 12:04 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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The use of symbolism and motifs in A Streetcar Named Desire is illustrative of Williams's partiality toward Expressionism as his artistic outlet. The highly effective combinations of action/symbol...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2012, 10:55 pm (UTC)

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Starting off with Aristotle's definition of tragedy can illuminate how Williams' work fulfills many of its conditions. Aristotle suggests specific elements to tragedy: Tragedy, then, is an...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2014, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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As your assignment sheet suggests that you will need to write an outline as your first step, this response will address how you might structure your outline and essay. Introduction: You might argue...

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Another meaning of the name "Blanche" suggests what post#4 discusses: the fading Southern Belle. For, the word blanch means to remove color. Also, it denotes sickness and fear--two symptoms of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2010, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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Given the violence and tragedy of A Streetcar named Desire I tend to disagree with the assumption that there is much "comedy" in it. However, readers and audiences, from our perspective nearly 70...

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

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, Stanley's resentment of Blanche is a significant part of his character. Blanche views Stanley in a negative light. She says to Stella that he is "not the type to go...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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New Orleans is a city unique in the U.S. because of its cosmopolitan history; it is an old city, but did not become part of the U.S. until 1803. A mixture of cultures is present there. Its location...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2018, 2:55 am (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...

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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...

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In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir felt that the idea of womanhood is unnatural, something imposed upon women by the patriarchy. Women are told they are inferior to men mentally and physically....

Latest answer posted May 28, 2020, 12:21 pm (UTC)

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Stanley has been getting increasingly angry and annoyed at Blanche's presence in their small apartment and the airs she puts on of being superior to him. He does some digging and comes home to tell...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2021, 11:49 am (UTC)

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When Stanley is having a confrontation with Blanche while Stella is at the hospital delivering her baby, the story of his cousin functions as evidence of Stanley's animal, bestial nature. Stanley...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2009, 4:56 am (UTC)

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Several conflicts make the relationship between Stella and Blanche clash horribly to the point of having to take sides, and even having to betray one's own blood. Stella and Blanche grew up as two...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2012, 2:00 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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A Streetcar Named Desire does not present a favorable view of the American dream for any of the characters. One walks away from the play feeling as if the American dream is only for men. Even then,...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2017, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Blanche is a holdover from the Old South. She has values and ideals that are inappropriate for the modern world. Her decline and fall are symbolic of the decline and fall of the aristocratic Old...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2013, 11:14 am (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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I don't know a whole lot about French, but isn't it possible that the feminine form of the adjective is used because the name is not referring to a dream but to a house or a plantation? Both maison...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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The most important example of nostalgia in the play is Belle Reve, the Mississippi plantation on which Blanche and Stella grew up. Blanche later reveals to her sister that the property has been...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 8:13 pm (UTC)

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Blanche is the central character and appears in every scene. The action of the play revolves almost entirely around her. Blanche is a classic Southern Belle, to all appearances genteel and...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2013, 8:10 pm (UTC)

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In the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" Blanche ends up being institutionalized in a mental ward. Many things lead to her final breakdown. Perhaps the most prominent thing which led to her breakdown...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011, 9:42 am (UTC)

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Light and shadow are a part of Williams's theme of reality versus fantasy in A Streetcar Named Desire. He highlights the difference between them, using their contrast theatrically and...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2021, 2:49 am (UTC)

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The dynamic of "A Streetcar Named Desire" is actually very simple. Two people are fighting over control of a third. In this case it is Stanley and Blanche who are fighting over Stella. Blanche is...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2012, 10:04 pm (UTC)

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A significant symbol is contained within the play's title. According to Tennessee Williams, the streetcar is "the ideal metaphor for the human condition." The specific streetcar line that is...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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In the opening scene also shows a poor, blue collar neighborhood and is infused with jazz and blues piano notes that consistently put the audience in the mood of a New Orleans 1940's urban poor...

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Structuralist criticism is one of many different critical approaches that can be useful in analyzing Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. As the word “structuralist” suggests,...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012, 9:38 am (UTC)

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Throughout the play Williams uses external sounds as a kind of commentary on the action of the play, almost in the way a Greek chorus would function. During the initial confrontation between...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2018, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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Blanche somewhat unwisely shows a general disdain for Stanley from the moment they meet. As a working-class man, Stanley is "beneath" her, with her ideas, real or imagined, about her gentrified...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019, 8:05 pm (UTC)

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Williams obviously meant the theme of desire to be prominent in his play since he put the word in the title. Several ideas about desire are communicated through Blanche and Stanley's lives. First,...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2017, 4:47 am (UTC)

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Escapism as a means of coping with the disappointments or hardships of reality has long been the occupation of many a person throughout all time. Certainly, the title of Williams's play indicates...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2012, 6:24 pm (UTC)

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There has been an undeclared war going on between Blanche and Stanley ever since they first met. The war between them is over Stella, who would be called the MacGuffin in Hollywood parlance....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2012, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2010, 3:31 am (UTC)

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There are a number of reasons. For one thing, their respective characters and personalities really couldn't be more different. Blanche sees herself as a traditional Southern belle—elegant, refined,...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018, 7:51 am (UTC)

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Blanche and Stella initially appear to be opposites. Blanche is attached to her high-society past and the Old South as represented by the lost Belle Reve. Stella left Belle Reve long ago to live...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019, 2:34 am (UTC)

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There's so much loneliness in A Streetcar Named Desire, yet no one ever seems to find a remedy for it. Blanche certainly doesn't. She's the loneliest character in the whole play, not least because...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2018, 7:26 am (UTC)

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Tennessee Williams portrays Blanche and Stanley primarily in contrasting terms, although they share some commonalities, especially their desire to control Stella. Blanche is not just female but...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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Perception works on multiple levels in Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire. Let's look at how some of the characters perceive each other and themselves. Blanche DuBois longs to show...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2022, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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Stanley Kowalski and Harold Mitchell's perception of reality is much different than Blanche DuBois's delusional perception throughout the play. Stanley and Mitch are both straightforward men, who...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018, 10:23 pm (UTC)

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The arrival of Stanley Kowalski’s wife’s troubled sister, Blanche, presages dramatic revelations and conflict between the characters in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Stanley and...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016, 11:15 pm (UTC)

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It is clear that the tragic character in this excellent play is Blanche DuBois. From the first moment that she enters the stage, Blanche is a character who acts as a kind of catalyst to the other...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010, 6:36 pm (UTC)

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Blanche is her own worst enemy. It is true that she had situations in life which left her to face desperate circumstances, to which she elected each of the outcomes. When she found her husband in...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2010, 5:28 am (UTC)

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