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A Streetcar Named Desire

There is definitely a sense of prejudice among the characters in A Streetcar Named Desire which could embody the idea that "try as we might, we are unable to reconstruct the opinions of others"....

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 4:43 pm UTC

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Because Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire is still under copyright restrictions, eNotes cannot provide the full text of the play. The full text is available on various web sites on...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 1:22 pm UTC

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It should be stated on the outset that it is going to be difficult in finding a flaw in Williams' work. He is a powerfully compelling writer in displaying human conflict and interactions that help...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2011 2:16 pm UTC

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Merely from watching the daily news, one realizes that in A Streetcar Named Desire, the themes of class conflict, violence and cruelty, and mental instability are indeed relevant to real life....

Latest answer posted March 16, 2011 6:08 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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You might like to consider the way that the past intrudes on the present in this excellent play, in particular concerning Blanche's former husband and how he met his end. The device that Williams...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011 6:45 pm UTC

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One important way in which the play defies the norms that guided traditional drama is that the primary male character exhibits immoral behavior and does not get punished for it. By contrast, in...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 10:43 pm UTC

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Williams depicts the South in transition, moving away from an agricultural to a more industrialized society: The region's agrarian economy, which had been in decline since the Confederate defeat in...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2008 12:55 am UTC

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I think that Blanche would be one of the strongest characters to represent the statement. It becomes evident early on that Blanche's misconceptions about the past and present are easy to...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012 9:01 am UTC

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You are perfectly correct in thinking that violence and softness, or violence versus softness, are important to Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. The primary conflict is between Blanche...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2016 7:06 pm UTC

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New Orleans is a port city. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico. There is also a huge lake, Lake Pontchatrain, and, of course, the Mississippi River which empties into the Gulf. With all this...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2015 5:18 am UTC

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In Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois suffers from delusions of her attractiveness and beauty. Having married a young man who was tragically unable to sustain the...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 4:15 pm UTC

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Blanche Dubois is a New Orleans native, and member of a formerly well-to-do family who has now lost both its money and its prestige. This has not deterred Blanche from desperately trying to cling...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2010 2:25 am 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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Blanche Dubois in Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire could be called "The Queen of Denial," as you suggest, but the label probably doesn't do her justice and is probably like most labels:...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2010 7:22 am UTC

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Just so you don't go away with errant information, Williams did not commit suicide. He choked on a bottle cap. Theories differ on how it happened, but suicide is not one of the possibilities...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 7:55 am UTC

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Blanche proves that "it's not just a river in Egypt." She does live in a state of denial about many things. The first and most pressing level of disconnect in her own consciousness is that she is...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2010 2:14 pm UTC

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In scene 3, we're explicitly told that Blanche turns the radio to a station playing "Wien, Wien, nur du allein." This was a popular song in Europe, and means "Vienna, Vienna, you...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2008 3:40 am UTC

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I think that there could be many different ways to read Foucault's notion of power in both of Williams' work. In the case of Blanche, Stanley uses the notion of insanity and mental illness to...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 2:26 am UTC

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