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A Streetcar Named Desire

Blanche DuBois has many disadvantages. She has lost Belle Reve, her ancestral home. She has just lost her job as a high-school English teacher because of her predilection for seducing young boys....

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 11:05 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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Throughout this entire play, illusion and reality battle it out in the characters of Blanche and Stanley. Repeated reference is made to light, and this is a motif that represents Blanche's...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2013 7:24 pm 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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Stella Dubois Kowalski functions as the bridge between two different worlds. She is now a part of both of them. As a mediator between her husband Stanley and her sister Blanche, Stella struggles...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2012 6:25 am 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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I would focus on the character of Blanche, since the play is about her downfall. My reaction is that she is defeated from the very beginning. She does not approve of Stella's honky-tonk...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2012 11:26 pm UTC

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Scholars have often considered Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire to be a historical play about the transition of the American South into the modern era. In this reading, Blanche DuBois...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 10:25 pm UTC

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It is interesting that you attach the adjective "deliberate" to the noun "cruelty." Whilst cruelty and violence is definitely a theme of the play, I am not so sure that we can say that they are...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2010 7:39 pm UTC

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Blanche's distortion of reality is a coping mechanism she uses to survive, and at the heart of her having to use a coping mechanism is desire (the title of the play, of course) and the discrepancy...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2010 3:39 am UTC

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Whatever else may be said of the Kowalskis' relationship, there's no doubt that it's based on love. Stanley may be a hulking great brute who regularly abuses his wife, but there seems little doubt...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021 1:22 pm UTC

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In Tennesse Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois is a character of weakness, confusion, and deception in direct opposition to Stanley Kowalski, the strong,well-built, crude and...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2010 3:28 am UTC

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Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, depicts numerous relationships between husbands and wives, sisters, and in-laws. Although the scene in question remains unnamed, numerous places...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013 11:10 pm UTC

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Blanche is a woman in a state of inner and outer decay. She is the shadow of her former self, and the antithesis of all she had hoped to become. She is a woman who once enjoyed the most desirable...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2010 1:34 am UTC

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I think that the love presented in Williams' work is destructive. Yet, I also think that the love that is presented is demonstrated as one that yearns for what cannot be. In a sense that love...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2011 5:40 am UTC

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One way to compare and contrast the theme of love in Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire and George Orwell’s novel 1984 is by discussing delusion. In a sense, both texts present love...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2020 3:48 pm 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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To first answer this question, one must know what the traditional concepts of both the hero and the villain are. The traditional hero is one who looks out for the community which they serve...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2011 1:05 am UTC

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Blanche and Stella are sisters, but their personalities are very different. Blanche is a romantic, and speaks in lyrical language that often uses figurative language or references poets or writers....

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016 8:57 pm UTC

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In Blanche's world of illusions, she is an aristocrat, still enjoying the benefits and popularity of a Southern Belle from a prestigious family, and from the gorgeous Southern estate of Belle Reve....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010 6:37 am UTC

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Blanche is a complex character. On the one hand, she does have obvious faults. She is untruthful (she lies outrageously about her age, for one thing), promiscuous, drinks quite heavily and is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2012 7:08 pm UTC

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When Mitch confronts Blanche in Scene Nine he recalls that she never wanted to go out with him in the daytime but always made some excuse not to go out until after six and then to some place that...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 11:59 pm UTC

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Tennessee Williams actually uses light reversely by playing with shadows in several scenes. From the moment she "moves in" to the Kowalski household, Blanche immediately tries to use shadows to...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2011 3:03 am UTC

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Like everything with Foucault, there are many different approaches in answering this question. The first would be the notion of division and exclusion in society. Blanche is declared "mad," in...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010 10:48 am 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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It's abundantly clear from the opening scenes of The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire that the families depicted in the respective plays are quite low down on the social ladder. They...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2020 12:59 pm UTC

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Yes, but. By that I mean, yes, I would say that we could call Blanche an alcoholic, and accurately—but that’s not that useful. She drinks due to her past, and due to her emotional and psychic...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2008 4:16 am UTC

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Blanche is determined to survive in spite of all the odds against her. She has lost her home through foreclosure. She has lost her job as a schoolteacher because of her improper interest in young...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 2:33 am 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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Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire is a drama that places the romantic charm and grace of the American South against the aggressive and more earthy blue-collar modern America. Although...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 6:48 am UTC

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A Streetcar Named Desire begins in an area of New Orleans called Elysian Fields. Blanche Dubois, a former school teacher, is there to visit her sister Stella and brother-in-law Stanley. Blanche...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020 7:52 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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Well, I would want to answer this question by looking at the way that Blanche tries to pursue and gain Mitch, even though he is not her ideal man. Let us remember that Blanche's flight from reality...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011 7:03 pm UTC

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The self-deception of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire is symbolized clearly in her purchase of a paper lantern to hang over a naked bulb in Stella and Stanley's...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2009 1:15 am UTC

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I think that the last scene of the play is fairly important. Consider the sad and pathetic state of Blanche when she utters the line, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." It is...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2011 9:35 am UTC

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There are a number of different ways that this question can be approached. I suppose the most obvious one would be to analyse this play as a comment on the roles of women in the society of the time...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2012 3:53 am UTC

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Both Williams and Miller criticize The American Dream in their respective works. That dream is the spiritual one enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, "the pursuit of happiness," the Belle Reve...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2014 7:30 pm UTC

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Williams compares his life before the success of his first big hit, "The Glass Menagerie," to a mountain climber, one who must scale the rocky surface of life in an animal-like fight for...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2008 7:34 pm UTC

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Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire creates one of the most unusual antagonists in American drama. Stanley Kowalski has the perfect, happy life before his sister-in-law shows up to...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2012 3:48 pm UTC

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Though the first question you asks takes a more critical look at Blanche and the latter a more compassionate perspective, both "unstable" and "misunderstood" are accurate words to describe her...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 9:10 pm UTC

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Mitch is a "mama's boy," dependent upon his mother as she is dependent upon him. She has only a few months to live. Judging from Mitch's dialogue, his mother would like him to get married so that...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2012 12:58 pm UTC

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For some readers of Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, the sympathies one may feel for Blanche can change over the course of the play. When first coming in contact with Blanche, some readers may...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2012 12:05 am UTC

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In order to determine whether the character of Blanche Dubois is rendered as a parody of the Southern Belle, the first thing to analyze is whether Tennessee Williams intended to use her character...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

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Tennessee Williams presents the conflict between old and new in Scene 2 of A Streetcar Named Desire by positing Blanche's trunk between Blanche and Stanley. Stanley cannot understand why someone...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 3:32 am UTC

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Mitch's tragedy in A Streetcar Named Desire is, first of all, that he is the object of Blanche's affections. This would have been a miserable relationship full of lies and deceit. Secondly, he is...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010 7:17 am UTC

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Tennessee Williams's play could be read in the context of Postmodernism, for it explores the ways in which certain remnants of America's history clash with what the nation became after World War...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 10:49 am UTC

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When Blanche meets Mitch in scene 3, she says that he seems "superior to the other" men. He possesses a sensitivity which she mistakes for a cultivated mind. Later in the scene, Blanche laughs...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 1:20 pm UTC

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A key aspect of Blanche's character is her revlusion of death and what she does to avoid thinking about it and to try and combat it. A much neglected section of the play is when, in Scene 8, a...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2013 6:07 am UTC

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New Orleans is, perhaps, the closest one can get to the experience of a European city without actually visiting Europe. For, the French Quarter has been fairly well preserved as it originally was...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015 7:38 pm UTC

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There are many different elements seen in Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire" which are depicted realistically. Characters Stanley- Stanley is depicted as a man's man. Hard-working,...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2012 10:08 pm UTC

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