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A Streetcar Named Desire

Stanley does not believe Blanche's story that the estate has been lost. He thinks that Blanche's flighty nature indicates dishonesty and concludes that she must have sold the estate and kept all...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2007 7:03 am UTC

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Stanley is a World War II veteran. The play opens in May right after the war's end. Stanley is described as a man "in more than his early 30s."

Latest answer posted June 26, 2009 10:18 am UTC

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Blanche would embody the idea of futility in seeking to change the deeply held opinions of others. She is unable to convince her sister to leave Stanley. She is unable to arouse the sense of...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 12:34 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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I think that Williams is quite deliberate in concluding the play in a manner where there are no "winners." Blanche's institutionalization is not done for her own welfare, but to consolidate...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2011 9:18 pm UTC

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I think that the video clip really speaks to how Stanley's animalistic approach would not be tolerated in the modern setting. Stanley is able to use his power, his sense of machismo, as a way to...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2012 9:21 am UTC

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A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most important plays in American history. Today, the play has significance in many ways. The first of these is that it defined an important genre in American...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 10:36 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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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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To develop a thesis for your essay, an important first step is deciding what you think the author’s intentions are in the play. Blanche DuBois is the main character, and she undergoes some major...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 5:15 am UTC

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One concurrent strand that runs between both Williams and Fitzgerald is the hollow and sometimes fraudulent nature of the American Dream. Both works show how the American Dream works for some and...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2015 2:59 pm UTC

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I think that it is in the Fourth Scene that the nature of the main characters begins to emerge. On one hand, Stanley's vindictiveness is on large display. He understands Blanche as a threat, and...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

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I have the feeling that Tennessee Williams stacked the cards against Blanche. She is a fading Southern belle who has lost her home and her job. She is looking for a home and a little security. In...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2012 11:02 pm UTC

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Wow! Great question, and I had to give it 5 stars. Stanley Kowalski is the epitome of misogynism and chauvinism. He treats and sees women as objects of sex and instant gratification, and he takes...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2010 9:45 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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The main theme of A Streetcar Named Desire can be boiled down to one word: death. This is a play about endings: the end of Blanche's youth, the end of the Old South itself, and the end of Blanche's...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020 12:30 pm UTC

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The indeterminacy of reality in both Pygmalion and A Streetcar Named Desire creates dilemmas of identity in both Eliza Doolittle and Blanche DuBois. Whereas Blanche's deceit is self-inflicted as...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 3:41 am UTC

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A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams. It tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a Southern woman in her thirties who leaves her hometown of Laurel,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020 2:53 pm UTC

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You might be better set in terms of exploring in a series of questions that could allow you to better understand the topic. The first question I would ask would be for you to examine when you see...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010 10:39 pm UTC

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I would venture to say that part of your challenge is that it is difficult to link Williams' work to naturalist ideas. Take this fundamental description of Naturalism: "Naturalist writers believe...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2011 10:41 am UTC

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The concept of the Elysian fields as a final moratorium for the virtuous and the heroic is not proportional to the stories of the the characters of Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011 5:19 am UTC

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Desire takes the form of lust in the characters of Blanche and her sister Stella. Blanche cannot help herself from being a vixen while her sister keeps herself in an abusive and dysfunctional...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010 7:26 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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I am not sure "lusty" is an appropriate term to describe Blanche. The implication in such a term is that she is one dimensional, focused only on carnal matters of sensuousness and immediate...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2010 11:50 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 character that seems to embody the idea of clutching to delusions would have to be Blanche. She represents this in a variety of ways. Blanche is shown to be an individual who cannot deal with...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 11:25 am UTC

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Some people want to escape from reality because they are living in slum areas where they are surrounded by dirt, crime, poverty, and ugliness. Some people are like Tennessee Williams in wanting to...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2012 4:20 pm UTC

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I tend to think that this statement really encapsulates what it means to be Blanche. One of Blanche's fundamental problems is that she cannot go back to where she was. She yearns for the life at...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 10:29 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 Stella best embodies the idea that the surroundings in which we live does much to inform and helps to create our reality. Stella was one who lived in the world of Belle Reve, much...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 10:51 am UTC

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A dominant theme of A Streetcar Named Desire is the beginning of the end of the class structure, gender inferiority and superior status in America's "South" during industrialization. The audience...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013 12:10 pm UTC

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This is a very interesting prompt. In order to do justice to it, you need to be able to put yourself in Blanche's shoes. She's just come out of the mental asylum, so naturally, she's had a pretty...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 6:51 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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In so many ways, the characters in Williams' work battle for their own vision of reality to be appropriated by another towards whom they have feelings. Blanche desperately seeks this out of...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 12:23 am UTC

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Tennessee Williams is renowned as a playwright. Not only was he known for his plays (such as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), he wrote two novels and multiple short stories and...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 8:11 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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When Stella first appears on stage, she is described as being a gentle, attractive young woman, who is twenty-five years old. Similar to her sister, Stella is a sensitive, refined woman who grew up...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 10:56 am UTC

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The color white is significant in that it is an allegory to Blanche's "clean slate". It is ironic, because Blanche had come to her sister's to possibly start over after leaving a life in shambles...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2010 11:50 pm UTC

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Hi! Without a doubt Blanche must be held responsible for how she led her life, yet, her ultimate tragedy of being raped and sent to the sanatorium was not her fault. The part of which she should be...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2010 3:29 am UTC

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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire takes place in New Orleans in the late 1940s. Stanley Kowalski, a violent Polish-American and his wife, Stella, live in a rundown apartment in a poor...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 9:48 am UTC

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It's hard to say if Tennessee Williams was making any sort of conclusive statement about anything in "A Streetcar Named Desire"; the play ends with everything in a big mess and no-one getting what...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2010 3:15 am UTC

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In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams juxtaposes concepts of reality and illusion. The main character, Blanche DuBois, comes to stay at her sister’s house to escape her former life and...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 12:59 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 15, 2018 2:52 pm UTC

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Whenever students read plays, they must never neglect the stage directions that are unnecessary in viewing, but so important in the reading of a drama. Thus, on the first page, Tennessee Williams...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2010 3:10 pm UTC

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Naturalism is a literary movement which focuses on very specific aspects of life. The characteristics of Naturalistic texts contain the following ideals: 1. The text is written from an objective...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011 7:52 am UTC

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I tend to think that the historical context of 1947 America is highly significant to the drama. It becomes clear from an early point that Williams is writing about the collision of worlds between...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 12:59 am UTC

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It is very important that you understand that this work is a play, a drama--not a novel. A good thesis would be "how does Tennessee Williams fulfill an American version of a tragedy as opposed to...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2009 6:57 am UTC

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In the opening scenes of A Streetcar Named Desire, the setting and characters are portrayed as realistic. At the beginning of the play, Blanche arrives to visit her sister Stella and her husband...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 2:57 am UTC

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The idea that "it is substantial that the people we adore comprehend our reality" would seem to apply more to the character of Stella in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. This is so...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 5:25 pm UTC

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