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Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire - While watching A Streetcar named Desire, the character of Blanche Dubois at first appeared to be a weak self-absorbed southern woman, when really what started coming from her character was a flawed personality. What is not known is whether this is something that runs in the family, or has only shown itself through Blanche. Since this was during a time when mental illness was not yet studied deeply, the way Blanche is treated while succumbing to her illness and how she was sent off to the mental hospital was rather archaic....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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The Tragic Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams has become one of the best known literary figures on the American Scene and also one of the most controversial. A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play opened on Broadway on December 3,1947, and closed on December 17, 1949, in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. While recognizing his compassion for frustrated and sensitive persons trapped in a highly competitive, commercial world, question whether he has not sacrificed his talent for popular success (Mood 43). “He [Williams] continued this study with Blanche Dubois of A Streetcar Named Desire (1947).” Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire is epitome of full-bodied male pulchritude and Williams’ most radiant symbol of viri...   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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The Tragic Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire - “Tragic characters are “efficient” only in courting, suffering and encompassing their own destruction.” (Gassner 463). Fitting Gassner’s definition of a tragic character, Blanche DuBois in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire caustically leads herself to her own downfall. In the beginning of the play, Blanche DuBois, a “belle of the old South” (Krutch 40), finds herself at the footsteps of her sister and brother-in-law’s shabby apartment in New Orleans. Although DuBois portrays herself as a refined and sophisticated woman, the reader soon comes to realize that, hiding beneath all the pearls and jewels, is a raw and unstable character....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williamʼs A Streetcar Named Desire - I would like to analyze a tragic heroine Blanche DuBois appearing in a play A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) written by Tennessee Williams. My intention is to concentrate on the most significant features of her nature and behaviour and also on various external aspects influencing her life and resulting in her nervous breakdown. I would like to discuss many themes related to this character, such as loss, desire and longing for happiness, beauty and youth, pretension, lies and imagination, dependence on men and alcoholism....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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The Charater of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire - The Charater of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire In 'A Streetcar Named Desire' we focus on three main characters. One of these characters is a lady called Blanche. As the play progresses, we gradually get to know more about Blanche and the type of person she really is in contrast to the type of person that she would like everybody else to think she is. Using four main mediums, symbolism and imagery, Blanche's action when by herself, Blanche's past and her dialogue with others such as Mitch, Stanley and the paperboy, we can draw a number of conclusions about Blanche until the end of Scene Five....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire] 1046 words
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Character of Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Character of Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire One of the best-known plays of our time, Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” tells the story of fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her struggles during the South’s post-war changes. Although the play is widely remembered due to its 1951 film version and Marlon Brando’s famous bare-chested cry of “Stella!,” it is also a story of a changing South containing characters struggling with the loss of aristocracy to the new American immigrant, the fallout of chivalry to a new mindset of sex and desire, and a woman grasping desperately at the last bit of fantasy she can muster....   [tags: Williams Streetcar Desire Blanche Essays]
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A Streetcar Named Desire: Relationship Between Stanley and Blanche - A Streetcar Named Desire is a play of multifaceted themes and diverse characters with the main antagonists of the play, Blanche and Stanley infused by their polarized attitudes towards reality and society ‘structured on the basis of the oppositions past/present and paradise lost/present chaos’(*1). The effect of these conflicting views is the mental deterioration of Blanche’s cerebral health that, it has been said; Stanley an insensitive brute destroyed Blanche with cruel relish and is the architect of her tragic end....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Blanche Dubois, the Tragic Hero in Tennessee Williamʼs A Streetcar Named Desire - A tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy, which usually involves the notion that such a hero makes an error in his or her actions that leads to his or her downfall. Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire would be a perfect example of a tragic hero. She invokes pity as a tragic hero, revealing in the end that her innocence is ethereal and is easily destroyed by the harsh, but real, world. Throughout the play, Blanche attempts to persuade people that she is a pure, elegant lady; however, this is merely a facade....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 869 words
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The Conflict Between Stanley & Blanche In A Streetcar Named Desire - “A Streetcar Named Desire works as a drama because of the conflicts between Stanley and Blanche.” Discuss. The themes of A streetcar Named Desire are mainly built on conflict, the conflicts between men and women, the conflicts of race, class and attitude to life, and these are especially embodied in Stanley and Blanche. Even in Blanche’s own mind there are conflicts of truth and lies, reality and illusion, and by the end of the play, most of these conflicts have been resolved. At the beginning of the play, there is an equilibrium, Stanley and Stella have been living happily together in Elysian Fields, however the arrival of Blanche acts as a catalyst and immediately she begins to challen...   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 834 words
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Stella and Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Stella and Blanche in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire    The two important female characters in the "poetic tragedy"(Adler 12), A Streetcar Named Desire, are Stella and Blanche. The most obvious comparison between Stella and Blanche is that they are sisters, but this blood relationship suggests other similarities between the two women. They are both part of the final generation of a once aristocratic but now moribund family. Both manifest a great deal of culture and sensitivity, and because of this, both seem out of place in Elysian Fields....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire Essays Williams]
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The Character Blanche Dubois In A Streetcar Named Desire - In “A Streetcar Named Desire”, the main character Blanche Dubois, displays a behavior similar to that of paranoia. The question that needs to be answered is why. Blanche is a character that has turned to many factors to ease her mental pain. Blanch uses denial as a coping mechanism which eventually causes her to have fears of abandonment and pressure from past conflicts. Denial is one of the ways that has helped Blanche deal with her stress, putting her in a state of mind to maybe escape from her life problems or reality itself....   [tags: Tennessee Williams play, character analysis] 1199 words
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The Smbolisms of the Name, Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire - In the first few scenes of "A Streetcar Named Desire", Tennessee Williams shows us a complex woman, named Blanche Dubois. This paper will explore the symbolisms of her name. The name Blanche is French and means white or fair. Her last name DuBois is of French origin as well and translates as “made of wood”. The name suggests that Blanche is a very innocent and pure person. When she appears in scene one, “she is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and earrings of pearl, white gloves and a hat…” (Sc.1 p....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 693 words
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Conflict Between Blanche And Stanley In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Conflict Between Blanche And Stanley In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams In Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" two of the main characters Stanley and Blanche persistently oppose each other, their differences eventually spiral into Stanley's rape of Stella. Stanley (Stella's husband) represents a theme of realism in the play; he is shown as a primitive, masculine character that is irresistible to Stella and on some levels even to his "opponent" Stella's sister Blanche....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 993 words
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Character Analysis on Blanche Dubois in a Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - I would like to analyze a tragic heroine Blanche DuBois appearing in a play A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) written by Tennessee Williams. My intention is to concentrate on the most significant features of her nature and behavior and also on various external aspects influencing her life of and resulting in her nervous breakdown. I would like to discuss many themes related to her life, such as loss, desire, longing for happiness, beauty and youth, ageing and death, pretension, lies and imagination, dependence on men and last but not least alcoholism....   [tags: loss, desire, alcoholism, death, lies] 707 words
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The Madness of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams wrote about Blanche DuBois: 'She was a demonic character; the size of her feelings was too great for her to contain without the escape of madness.' Williams uses Blanche DuBois as a vehicle to explore several themes that interested him, one of these being madness. His own sister, Rose, was lobotomised in his absence and later institutionalised leading many critics to believe that the character of Blanche may have arisen from events in his own life. Blanche's tragic past involving both the death of her "young" husband and her consequent promiscuity with "young men" created an overwhelming amount of emotion for Blanche, which, as Williams suggests, "was too great for her to...   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 1929 words
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Decline of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The Unnecessary Decline of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire             Upon reviewing the drama, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, it would appear that the character of Blanche DuBois is worthy of closer inspection.  With her previous occupation as a teacher of American literature and her former social status being that of a well-bred woman of the very traditional Old South, Blanche could be any human being transferring from one culture to another with customs far different from the ones being left behind.  Even today it could happen that someone is suddenly confronted with a totally new and different value system with which he must learn to cope in order to be a...   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Essay on Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The Destruction of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire      A Streetcar Named Desire is an intricate web of complex themes and conflicted characters. Set in the pivotal years immediately following World War II, Tennessee Williams infuses Blanche and Stanley with the symbols of opposing class and differing attitudes towards sex and love, then steps back as the power struggle between them ensues. Yet there are no clear cut lines of good vs. evil, no character is neither completely good nor bad, because the main characters, (especially Blanche), are so torn by conflicting and contradictory desires and needs....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Character Analysis of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Character Analysis of Blanche Through Text and Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire           Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying "Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama...the purest language of plays" (Adler 30). This is clearly evident in A Streetcar Named Desire, one of Williams's many plays. In analyzing the main character of the story, Blanche DuBois, it is crucial to use both the literal text as well as the symbols of the story to get a complete and thorough understanding of her....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire]
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The Character of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The Character of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire                 Blanche, Stella's older sister, until recently a high school English teacher in Laurel, Mississippi. She arrives in New Orleans a loquacious, witty, arrogant, fragile, and ultimately crumbling figure. Blanche once was married to and passionately in love with a tortured young man. He killed himself after she discovered his homosexuality, and she has suffered from guilt and regret ever since. Blanche watched parents and relatives, all the old guard, die off, and then had to endure foreclosure on the family estate....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1079 words
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Essay on Blanche DuBois as Butterfly in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The Portrayal of Blanche as Butterfly or Moth in A Streetcar Named Desire        In A Streetcar named Desire, Williams uses description and dialog to develop the play’s characters. In the beginning of the play, Williams describes Blanche as a "moth". A moth and a butterfly seem to be very similar; however, they have very different outward appearances and habits. A butterfly is very "showy " as it flits throughout life, whereas a moth tries hard not to bring attention to itself. Butterflies are open and very visible, but a moth is nocturnal and secretive....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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The Character of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire -     Blanche, the main character in William’s play "A Streetcar Named Desire" invokes many contrasting emotions. To analyze one’s emotions concerning Blanche is no easy task, to do so effectively one must break the play into different parts and analyze them separately. The problem with Blanche is that she presents a character so mixed up in her own motives and opinions that one never knows if it is really her or an act she’s putting on. The audience will find itself constantly readjusting its position towards Blanche and the other characters as the play unfolds and we learn more about her story and the reasons behind her inadequacies....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Blanche DuBois' Fragile Psyche - Blanche’s Fragile Psyche in A Streetcar Named Desire       "Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire is to some extent living an unreal existence," according to Jonathan Briggs, book critic for the Clay County Freepress. In Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the readers are introduced to a character named Blanche DuBois. Blanche is Stella's younger sister who has come to visit Stella and her husband Stanley in New Orleans. After their first meeting Stanley develops a strong dislike for Blanche and for everything associated with her....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Character of Blanche DuBois - Blanche Dubious and A Streetcar Named Desire            Blanche Dubious, appropriately dressed in white, is first introduced as a symbol of innocence and chastity. Aristocratic, refined, and sensitive, this delicate beauty has a moth-like appearance. She has come to New Orleans to seek refuge at the home of her sister Stella and her coarse Polish husband, Stanley. With her nervous and refined nature, Blanche is a clear misfit in the Kowalski's apartment. Blanche represents a deep-seated attachment to the past....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 962 words
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The Tragic Character of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire - The Tragic Character of Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire *No Works Cited To state the obvious, a tragic agent is one that is the subject of a tragic event or happening. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois is this agent. She experiences numerous things, and has certain dynamics that solidify her tragic elements. Many essayists describe these elements and they give clear conceptions of her tragic nature. Aristotle has written of many qualities one must have in order to fit in the "tragic" category....   [tags: Papers] 719 words
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Honest Blanche, Sweet Blanche, Heart of Truth: Analysis of Blanche In A Streetcar Named Desire - In A Street Car Named Desire, the whimsical dialogues that Blanche Dubois embarks on throughout conversations with characters such as Stella and Stanley, work in tandem to leave the victims distraught by verbal lashes and painstakingly ardent dissertations of there personal motives for continuing to travel down the various dissipate inroads of there life. The often-demoralizing manner in which Blanche convolutes the actions of these characters, seemingly labels her with the nominal reputation as the two-faced, conflicted observer....   [tags: Monologue, Character Conflict] 1488 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire: Sympathy for Blanche - The arts stir emotion in audiences. Whether it is hate or humor, compassion or confusion, passion or pity, an artist's goal is to construct a particular feeling in an individual. Tennessee Williams is no different. In A Streetcar Named Desire, the audience is confronted with a blend of many unique emotions, perhaps the strongest being sympathy. Blanch Dubois is presented as the sympathetic character in Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire as she battles mental anguish, depression, failure and disaster....   [tags: American Literature] 600 words
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Blanche's State of Mind in Tennessee Williams’ Play, A Streetcar Named Desire - Blanches state of mind essay In Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, main character Blanche Dubois to begin with seems to be a nearly perfect model of a classy woman whose social interaction, life and behavior are based upon her sophistication. The play revolves around her, therefore the main theme of drama concerns her directly. In Blanche is seen the misfortune of a person caught between two worlds-the world of the past and the world of the present-unwilling to let go of the past and unable, because of her character, to come to any sort of terms with the present....   [tags: analytical essay, literary analysis] 963 words
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Comparing Amanda Wingfield and Blanche DuBois of The Glass Menagerie and The Streetcar Named Desire - Faded Southern belle, disconnected from reality, and living in their former glory. One would think it was a mid-life crisis but for two women for Tennessee Williams’s pieces of work, “The Glass Menagerie” and “The Streetcar Named Desire”, it’s their everyday lives. This description I described earlier was of both Amanda Wingfield and Blanche DuBois. These women believe that there was no room for failure. In “The Glass Menagerie”, Amanda did all she could to control her children's lives. She sends Tom to work to support the family and she tries to live her life through Lauren....   [tags: literary analysis, character analysis] 542 words
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Glass Menagerie and Streetcar Named Desire - Comparing Amanda Wingfield and Blanche Dubois - A Comparison of Amanda Wingfield And Blanche Dubois In today's rough and tough world, there seems to be no room for failure. The pressure to succeed in life sometimes seems unreasonable. Others often set expectations for people too high. This forces that person to develop ways to take the stress and tension out of their lives in their own individual ways. In the plays "The Glass Menagerie" and " A Streetcar Named Desire" written by Tennessee Williams, none of the characters are capable of living in the present and facing reality....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1439 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams - Blanche the true character n Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the nature of theatricality, “magic,” and “realism,” all stem from the tragic character, Blanche DuBois. Blanche is both a theatricalizing and self-theatricalizing woman. She lies to herself as well as to others in order to recreate the world as it should be—in line with her high-minded sensibilities. To that extent, much of her creations arise from a longing for the past, nostalgia for her lost love, her dignity, and her purpose in life....   [tags: blanche, nature, realism] 2013 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Adversity can cause an individual to overcome their challenges and strengthen their identity, however, it can also have the opposite negative effect. Adversity can trigger an individual to lose their identity in their attempt to escape from their problems. In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, Blanche DuBois is unable to face adversity, which leads her to lose her individual identity during her attempt to escape reality. Blanche had experienced numerous hardships such as the deaths of many family members and the loss of her young husband, Allan....   [tags: death, blanche dubois, allan] 548 words
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The Characters of Blanche and Stanley - 1.1 Protagonist Blanche DuBois is the younger sister of Stella Kowalski. She comes to visit Stella and her husband, Stanley at their small home in New Orleans. Blanche is described as a Southern Belle that presents a tragic flaw stemmed from her lack of self- esteem. There are many words that can be used to describe Blanche; however her most dominant traits are unstable, flirtatious, and deceitful. Blanche has a devastating and scarring past in which her tragic flaw originates from. The elements of love, sex, and death haunt her until she is unable to handle it any longer and loses what is left of her sanity and sparks her unstable mind....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Blanche Dubois: A Tragic Hero - Throughout Tennessee William’s play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Blanche Dubois exemplified several tragic flaws. She suffered from her haunting past; her inability to overcome; her desire to be someone else; and from the cruel, animalistic treatment she received from Stanley. Sadly, her sister Stella also played a role in her downfall. All of these factors ultimately led to Blanche’s tragic breakdown in the end. Blanche could not accept her past and overcome it. She was passionately in love with Alan; but after discovering that he was gay, she could not stomach the news....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 876 words
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The Characters in A Streetcar Named Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire is a classic tragedy written by Tennessee Williams, which earned him the Pulitzer Prize as well as many other awards. This brilliant play explores many important themes and issues. The main recurring theme Williams explores to the readers is the conflict between fantasy and reality, honesty and lies. However, sexuality, violence, and social differences also shape the action of the plot, in which they contribute to the effect of the characters of the play. The three main characters, Blanche Dubois, Stella Kowalski, and Stanley Kowalski, have different ways of dealing with the said conflicts in their harsh surroundings in which they live in, as they all face different...   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 2115 words
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Character Analysis: Blanche Dubois - Tennessee Williams was a well known Modern English playwright. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi and moved to St. Louis, then to Memphis, and later graduated from the University of Iowa in 1983. Williams began to turn his short stories into plays and later on into films. His wildest audiences were in contemporary dramatic literature. Williams’s plays have been produced in England, France, Hally, Germany, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Cuba and Mexico....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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The Real Blanche DuBois - The characters in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, most notably Blanche, demonstrates the quality of “being misplaced” and “being torn away from out chosen image of what and who we are” throughout the entirety of the play. Blanche could be seen as the central character for “being torn away from (her) chosen image”, as the image she projects to the world gets cruelly ripped away from her through a series of events that lead to her demise. Blanche is described as being “moth like”, meaning that she has to hide herself in the dark for fear of going into the light, and in turn revealing the ‘real’ Blanche; she would become the moth, and metaphorically “die” in the light that she divulges....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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The Role of Alcohol in A Streetcar Named Desire - I was so drunk last night that I cheated on my girlfriend, but I don’t remember it, so does it count. People instinctively try to place blame on anything but themselves, and alcohol presents itself as the perfect escape route for a guilty conscience. People often find themselves making impulsive decisions more frequently while under the influence of alcohol. However, how much poor behavior can alcohol excuse before a person must accept the consequences for their own actions. Tennessee Williams delves into the theme of alcohol dependence throughout his play, A Streetcar Named Desire....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Blanche and Stella; Cecilia and Briony Character Analysis - The play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams first opened in Boston in November 1947. It also opened later that year in New York and ran for 855 performances. It shows a confrontation between the Old South and traditional values and the materialistic and industrial ‘new’ America. This turbulent confrontation is shown through the characters of Blanche and Stanley, with Blanche’s sister Stella caught in the middle. It was written after The Great Depression and the American Civil War. The novel Atonement by Ian McEwan was first published in 2001....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Fantasy and Illusion in A Streetcar Named Desire - “Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces” (Sigmund Freud). Illusion can be a part of our lives; however, if taken to the extreme, it can lead one to forget reality. Every individual has problems in life that must be faced with reality and not with illusion, even though it might throw one into flames of fires....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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The Importance of Light in A Streetcar Named Desire - This paper will discuss the use of light in the play, "A Streetcar Named Desire", by Tennessee Williams. Blanche’s relation to light is quite obvious because she tries to avoid bright light of any kind. Her reaction to light can be regarded as an attempt to hide her true nature as well as her vanishing beauty and youth. By hiding from the light, she tries to escape reality. She covers the naked light bulb with a Chinese paper lantern, saying, “I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action” (Sc.3 p....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 471 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - In Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, he evaluates Blanche’s struggle to accept reality. Williams brings to the attention of the audience that Blanche has psychological issues; therefore, she cannot decipher between fact and fiction, or is it her choice to deny reality. Blanche DuBois, Williams’ most famous Southern belle finally resolves a lifetime of psychological conflicts (Rusinko 2738). Blanche tries to live a life of both desire and decorum (Riddel 17), thus driving her to insanity....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - ... Tennessee Williams depicts Blanche as uncertain, self-conscious and hides behind her semblance of superficial beauty. With the use of the motif lighting, we can see how Blanche disappoints to live up to the facade that she portrays and lighting as a motif brings out her true colors. Blanche says something very interesting in scene five that provides strong imagery of her as a moth; "Put on soft colors, the colors of butterfly wings and glow". Tennessee Williams specified adequate imagery of Blanche as a moth as she clothes in a white dress and is fluttering....   [tags: blanche, motifs, narcissistic] 824 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, - ... When Stellas breaks the news of losing Belle Reve to Stanley, he immediately begins to questions Stella and Blanche. He demands to see the papers and bill of sales. Stellas says that there are no papers. “In the state of Louisiana we have the Napoleonic code according to which what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband and vice versa…”(Williams35). Stanley believes that Blanche got the land and sold it and is keeping the money for her self. Stanley goes through her stuff when Blanche is taking a bath and he finds fancy dresses and feathered clothing....   [tags: blanche dubois, stella kowalski] 904 words
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Classism in The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire - Classism has a heavy influence on characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Both Tom Buchanan and Blanche Dubois show disrespect towards others due to their dominating classist views. Tom primarily displays his dislike of Jay Gatsby, due to Gatsby’s standing as a member of the “Nouveau Riche,” or newly rich, in great contrast to Tom’s “Old Money”. Blanche directs her distaste at Stanley Kowalski, because Blanche believes that she and her sister are of high standing in society, and Blanche does not approve of Stella marrying into a lower class....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Great Gatsby]
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The Characters of Blanche and Stanley - In the beginning Tennessee Williams formed Stanley and Blanche from the soil of repression and indulgence; he breathes desire into their nostrils causing them to become living souls. In the mist of the Elysian Fields garden was the tree of knowledge of death and redemption. Stanley the merciless predator of Blanche used the knowledge of the death of Belle Reve to expose Blanche’s nakedness. Blanche covers herself with puritanical fig leaves inadvertently exposing the primitive beast like qualities in Stanley....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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