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A Streetcar Named Desire

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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In Scene 10, when Blanche is being pursued by Stanley, the stage directions indicate that "Lurid reflections appear on the wall around Blanche." These reflections "move sinuously as flames along...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 8:50 am UTC

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Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire challenges the canons and stereotypes of femininity through the characters of both Blanche and Stella. The way that this is done is by presenting...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012 2:14 am UTC

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In addition to the themes of fantasy vs. reality, the destruction of the Old South, and the conflict between old and new in general (along with other themes discussed in the other answers to this...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019 11:15 pm UTC

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The theme of the past affecting the present is most starkly illustrated by the character of Blanche DuBois. Blanche rocks up at her sister Stella's apartment, where Stella lives with her hulking...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 11:26 am 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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I think that the death that is Williams' play takes on different forms than the traditional depiction offered. There is the death of the past and the nostalgia that goes along with it. I would...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2010 6:48 pm 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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While you will need to compose your own thesis with its three opinions that then become the topic sentences to the body of the essay, we editors can provide suggestions and give some direction to...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2010 2:48 am UTC

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The setting of A Streetcar Named Desire is a small, poorly furnished apartment in a working-class neighborhood. Stella is expecting a baby, which will make the place seem even smaller. Then when...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012 8:48 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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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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There are many ways that a writer can approach the character of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’s play. Her character is both an individual who has distinctive elements and changes over the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 10:31 pm 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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It is difficult to find a sadder character in literature than Blanche DuBois. Williams understood that he was creating a uniquely pathetic creature in his characterization of Blanche. The result is...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Blanche is full of mystery, spinning lies around her life to make it sound like less of a wreck to others and also, eventually, to herself. While it's clear at the beginning of the play that...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 4:23 pm 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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The past in this scene would be represented by Stella's emotional explanation of Blanche's state of mind. She tries to convince Stanley to show compassion and kindness towards Blanche. In trying...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 10:25 pm UTC

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Blanche DuBois had long felt at home in the family estate of Belle Reve, but as she grew older, she was no longer able to keep up the property or continue the elite, rural lifestyle that was their...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 8:09 pm UTC

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This assignment requires a student to choose a topic from a list and then write an essay responding to the chosen prompt. Of the prompts, perhaps the best choice is "2. Characterize the essential...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2018 11:53 pm UTC

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When considering the character of Blanche, she is marked more so by what she does not reveal about herself than by what she reveals. Her false modesty and Southern charm are tools that she uses to...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 12:51 pm UTC

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Blanche DuBois, Stella's sister, moves in with them and seems to be planning on becoming a permanent guest. She and Stanley immediately dislike each other because they are such different...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012 12:19 pm UTC

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[In the future, you may wish to post 2 questions, as this one was too long for one response--another window is necessary for discussion of A Streetcar Named Desire. So, you can obtain a more...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2014 4:44 pm 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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In A Streetcar Named Desire it is certain that the character of Blanche does depend on the fantasies and lies that she tells herself in order to build her persona. Unfortunately for Blanche, the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012 5:01 pm UTC

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I think that Williams' work can be seen as a tragedy in a couple of ways. The first would be that Bradley's interpretation of Hegel reveals the concept of a "tragic collision." This vision of...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2011 1:01 am UTC

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In the end, I think that Williams has rendered a vision of "whose reality" between the characters in the drama. There is a sort of "choose your own conception of reality " that is present. This...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2012 8:49 am UTC

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In the stage directions for the opening scene of his play A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams provides a wealth of background information that's important to understanding the setting,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 5:03 pm UTC

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For Blanche' the pursuit of romance is steeped in illusion. Blanche's conception of love and romance are colored by her desire to cling to illusion. It is reality and all the seediness that is...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2013 2:13 pm UTC

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Aside from the unity of place A Streetcar Named Desire doesn't show too much fidelity to the Aristotelian theory of drama. But in the character of Blanche Dubois there can be no doubt that we are...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018 8:47 am UTC

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One of the central images that governs this brilliant play is that of the moth. This is a creature that Blanche is compared to explicitly in the stage directions as she first enters the play in Act...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 2:16 pm UTC

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Tennessee Williams once described his life as a "loneliness that follows me like a shadow." Such a condition reflects how there is not a valiant and triumphant condition of what it means to be...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2014 12:40 pm UTC

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Some questions you could consider investigating would be: do the characters grow at all from the beginning of the play to the end? Is what happens between Blanche and Stanley inevitably surprising...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2011 10:05 pm UTC

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"A Streetcar Named Desire" is set in the tenement slums of New Orleans. The drab, urban setting provides the backdrop against which the internal dynamics involving Blanch, Stella and Stanley take...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2013 5:10 pm UTC

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I think that one can describe the role of women in Williams' work as complex. Tennessee Williams is such a challenging writer because he did not reduce human beings to simplistic, monochromatic...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2011 2:19 am UTC

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Both descriptions apply to Stella fairly accurately. Stella is loyal and loving, both as wife and sister. She is constantly poised between both her husband and her sister, desperately trying to...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 12:53 pm UTC

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I think that this can be taken in several ways. On one hand, there is a definite notion of social and economic advancement in the new world that Williams depicts. In this realm, the immigrants...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 10:05 am UTC

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In this scene, men and women are presented as occupying different and distinct spheres, but there are crossovers between the two which are significant in terms of illustrating the balance of power...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2014 3:06 pm UTC

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While Beckett's existential play Waiting for Godot is certainly no drama with the emotional intensity of Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, the two plays do share some existential motifs which...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2015 8:08 am UTC

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We cannot answer the question as two separate questions, but there is a general way to approach this answer which works well: Foucald was a pioneer philosopher partial to behaviorism, and he...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2010 5:11 am UTC

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A good research question on almost any work of literature is this: why is this work considered an effective piece of literature? In other words, how does this work function as a successful piece of...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2011 11:55 am UTC

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Mitch, from Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, and Julian, from Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic, do share some interesting similarities. Neither man seems impressed with money....

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019 12:11 am UTC

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The realistic elements of A Streetcar Named Desire are mostly based on the cruelty of Stanley Kowalski, the sexual co-dependence of Stella, and the wreck of life that is Blanche Dubois. Scene one...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2011 5:18 am UTC

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For Blanche, desire is not sexual. What she really craves is security. She feels that being sexually attractive is her path to happiness and security, although at the same time she knows it is...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2008 10:19 am UTC

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I think that taking Williams' work and applying it to your quote would be a good exercise. The idea of two people living in different realities is quite evident in A Streetcar Named Desire....

Latest answer posted July 9, 2011 8:00 pm UTC

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In scene three, Stanley becomes violent towards Stella. In order to protect herself, Stella runs to a neighbor's apartment. However, she returns to Stanley and the two go to bed together. In the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 11:02 am UTC

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I think that Williams' narrative can be seen as a tragedy for a couple of reasons. The first is that it sets Blanche against conditions that are larger than herself. Blanche acquires a tragic...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2013 11:33 am UTC

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Concerning A Streetcar Named Desire, the answer to your question depends on whether you're referring to the plot and the fates of the characters, or to the play as a work of art. You might see the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2011 2:50 am UTC

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In terms of construction of a thesis statement about truth, more information would be needed. Seeing that Blanche is included in the tags, perhaps there might be something to be said about...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010 7:03 pm UTC

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In addition to the previous answer, which was great Blanche had no choice but to avoid reality. How could she live with herself when the world she knew since she was little had just been removed...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2010 11:41 pm UTC

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