In what way does Blanche symbolize the Old South and Stanley the North in A Streetcar Named Desire?

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Although A Streetcar Named Desire is most overtly about gender roles in post-World War II New Orleans, a case can be made for a metaphorical interpretation that would comment upon the relationship between the southern and northern states at the time of and immediately following the Civil War.

In such an analysis, Blanche is the character who most clearly represents the South. Blanche comes from a family line that once owned a large plantation, which was eventually lost for taxes and debts. Similarly, the Civil War put an end to the plantation economy by outlawing the slave labor that kept it functioning. Blanche's affected airs of gentility and her fake jewelry and furs represent the South's veneer of good manners and respectability that masked the cruelty of slave ownership. Her promiscuity represents not only the immorality of many white men who took advantage of their female slaves but also the broader immorality of the whites who sold their souls for the comfort and wealth that owning...

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