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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 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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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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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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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 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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Character Study of Blance Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - Character Study of Blance Dubois Tennessee Williams was once quoted as saying that "symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama...the purest language of plays" (Adler 30). This is clearly evident in Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. As with any of his major characters, any analysis of Blanche DuBois much consist of a dissection of the play’s dialogue, supplemented by an understanding of the “language” of symbols in which Williams often speaks. Before one can understand Blanche's character one must understand the reason why she moves to New Orleans and joins her sister, Stella, and brother-in-law, Stanley....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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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 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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Character Conflict in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire - Character Conflict in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is a play wrought with intertwining conflicts between characters. A drama written in eleven scenes, the play takes place in New Orleans over a nine-month period. The atmosphere is noisy, with pianos playing in the distance from bars in town. It is a crowded area of the city, causing close relations with neighbors, and the whole town knowing your business. Their section of the split house consists of two rooms, a bathroom, and a porch....   [tags: Papers] 572 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 of Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar - The Character of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire     Animals are, by nature, passionately instinctive; that is, when reacting to a situation, they do so forcefully and spontaneously. Therefore, we can think of passionate instinct as an intense, innate reaction to a particular situation. Animals also lack what we call ‘inhibition’ -- the suppression of a natural drive, instinct or feeling. For instance, when a skunk senses danger, it will not restrain its natural, defensive reaction and will not hesitate to spray a foul-smelling substance in the direction of the danger for self-protection....   [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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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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Tennessee Williams' Life Exposed in A Streetcar Named Desire - How does an author intrigue a reader’s interest. Are all authors just embedded with the skills to capture a reader’s attention. This is a decision to be left up the reader, but, what most readers fail to acknowledge is that most authors incorporate issues faced in their own life into their works. One author that does this is Tennessee Williams. Williams’s life, to say the least, is not what people would call “picture perfect.” His drama, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” has a direct reference to his life struggles....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 843 words
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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 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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The Raw Power of A Streetcar Named Desire - The Raw Power of A Streetcar Named Desire         Tennessee Williams's play A Streetcar Named Desire contains more within it's characters, situations, and story than appears on its surface. As in many of Williams's plays, there is much use of symbolism and interesting characters in order to draw in and involve the audience.  The plot of A Streetcar Named Desire alone does not captivate the audience.  It is Williams's brilliant and intriguing characters that make the reader truly understand the play's meaning.  He also presents a continuous flow of raw, realistic moods and events in the play which keeps the reader fascinated in the realistic fantasy Williams has created in A Streetca...   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire]
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - ... “Tennessee Williams Biography” by Poetry Foundation states that his father often times called him a “sissy,” negatively influencing Williams. The family moved to St. Louis in 1918, and from that moment forward, Williams will always look back on the South as a “rich source to which he returned literally and imaginatively for comfort and inspiration” (“Biography” n. pag.). The Southern upbringing he received in his early life provided the backbone to his 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Throughout the play, the theme of the Old South’s destruction due to the New South is evident....   [tags: story and character analysis] 678 words
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Stanley Kowalski of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The Character of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire     A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, is a classical play about Blanche Dubois’s visit to Elysian Fields and her encounters with her sister’s barbaric husband, Stanley Kowalski. Stanley Kowalski is a very brutal person who always has to feel that he is better than everyone else. His brutish actions during the play leave the readers with a bad taste in their mouths. Stanley Kowalski’s brutality is clearly exemplified in several places during the course of the play: first, with the radio episode on poker night; next, when he beats his wife, Stella, and lastly, when he rapes Blanche....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - During the late nineteen-forties, it was common for playwrights such as Tennessee Williams to use symbolism as an approach to convey personal thoughts, through the attitudes of the characters and the setting. Williams' actors have used symbolism to disguise the actuality of their thoughts and to accommodate the needs of their conservative audience. A Streetcar Named 'Desire' has a few complicated character traits and themes. Therefore, they have to be symbolised using figures or images to express abstract and mystical ideas, so that the viewers can remain clueless....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 3836 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire - Though the “primitive,” rituals described in Schechner’s article diverge from the realism found in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, the same “reactualization” process exists in his work. Williams’ Streetcar focuses on the “mock battle” or complete contest between the generational cultures symbolized by Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski’s characters. Blanche, representative of the fallen southern aristocracy, searches for sensitivity and kindness in the new world of Stanley Kowalski, the modern labor class....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1288 words
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Illusions and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Illusions and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire 'A Streetcar Named Desire', by Tennessee Williams, explores many important themes and issues in the book. The main theme Williams investigates and explores to the audience, is illusion and fantasy. Each character in the book contributes to creating, adding to and destructing fantasies and illusions, and I feel it is a very important theme in the book, as it represents and symbolises other issues Williams explores with the audience....   [tags: Themes Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 2300 words
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Man vs. Woman in A Streetcar Named Desire - During the time period Tennessee Williams, author of the play A Streetcar Named Desire, lived in, men were typically portrayed as leaders of the household. Through Williams' usage of dialogue, specific descriptions of each characters, as well as sound, he illustrates to readers of today's society how differently a man and woman coexisted in the mid-1900s, compared to today. Through the eyes of a topical/historical theorist, who stresses the relationships between the story and the time period it takes place, the distinction between today's society and that of five decades past, can be observed with depth and precision....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 809 words
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Tragedy in A Streetcar Named Desire - A tragedy is a genre of a play, a form of drama that portrays the suffering of a heroic individual who is often overcome by the very obstacles he is struggling to remove. A tragedy excites terror or pity. Each tragedy can be considered a tragedy because it involves a tragic ending to the play as a whole and a tragic hero. However, there are three main different types of tragedies. Firstly, in Greek tragedies, everything is deterministic. For example in the story of Oedipus (where he kills his father and marries his mother), fate is said to be responsible for all the events....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1485 words
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A Streetcar on the Tracks of Despair - Grief is an element of life that no one truly learns how to master, people just learn how to cope. However, in Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the Character Blanche has succumbed to grief, and has lost touch with reality. As the play progresses, you find out a key factor in Blanche’s awkward nature and you learn about the circumstances to her husband Allan’s death. It is discovered that she finds her husband in a homosexual relationship and she calls him disgusting. In the end of their relationship, they are dancing the Varsouvian polka, when he runs from the dance floor and commits suicide....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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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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Themes in A Streetcar Named Desire -     The play A Streetcar Named Desire revolves around Blanche DuBois; therefore, the main theme of the drama concerns her directly. In Blanche is seen the tragedy of an individual 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. The final result is her destruction. This process began long before her clash with Stanley Kowalski. It started with the death of her young husband, a weak and perverted boy who committed suicide when she taunted him with her disgust at the discovery of his perversion....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
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Death in A Streetcar Named Desire - Death in A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams uses the theme of death continually in the play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ through the use of dramatic imagery and literal references. The characters of Blanche and Mitch are used the most frequently to express Williams’ own obsession with death. Though neither of the characters actually obsesses about death, Blanche’s life has been smothered by the deaths of those she loves and the coming death of Mitch’s mother is an obvious motivation for his actions....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Themes Essays] 1094 words
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Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams In Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the character of Blanche Dubois is a vivid example of the use of symbolism throughout the play. Blanche wants to view things in an unrealistic way. “I don’t want realism. I want magic…I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth…” (Blanche p.117). She doesn’t want reality; instead she wishes to view a rose-colored version of life that goes along with her old-fashioned southern belle personality....   [tags: Streetcar Desire Tennessee Williams Essays] 794 words
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Streetcar Named Desire Essay: Themes in A Streetcar Named Desire - Themes in A Streetcar Named Desire   A Streetcar Named Desire is a pessimistic work that is the “culmination of a view of life in which evil, or at least undiminished insensitivity, conquers throughout no matter what the protagonistic forces do”(Szeliski 69).  In other words, sensitive individuals all meet a similar fate-crushed under the heels of those who lack sensitivity. This play is about Blanche DuBois; therefore, the main themes of the drama concern her directly. In Blanche is seen the tragedy of an individual caught between two worlds-the past world of the Southern gentlewoman and the present world of crudeness and decay-unwilling to let go of the past and unable, because of her ch...   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire]
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire In what way can A Streetcar Named Desire be seen as an exploration of”old” America versus the “new” America. In the play, Blanche represents old America and Stanley represents new America. Why Blanche represents old America is because of her way of thinking, lifestyle and values. When Blanche walks into the room where the guys are playing poker, there is a great example of how Blanche represents old and Stanley new. When she walks in, the guys are sitting around the table, then Blanche says “Please don’t get up”....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1718 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - It is the complexity of the main characters and their interactions that make A Streetcar Named Desire such a successful and challenging play. The play A Streetcar Named Desire made playwright Tennessee William's name and has deservedly since had over half a century of success. This remarkable success can be credited to the intricate characters and their interactions with each other. Sisters, Stella and Blanche have had an enjoyable upbringing on the family plantation, "Belle Reve". As the name suggests Stella and Blanche's time at "Belle Reve" was near perfect....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 746 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, has been called the best play written by an American. The setting of the play, New Orleans, creates a blended mood of decadence, nostalgia, and sensuality. The plot of the play comes about through the conflict between a man and his sister-in-law who comes to live at his house with he and his wife. Stanley and Blanche immediately capture the attention of the audience through Williams' portrayal of the intensely strong willed characters....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 328 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar named Desire was written by Tennessee Williams, during the restless years following World War II. The play was based on the life of a woman named Blanche Dubois. Blanche was a fragile and neurotic woman, desperate for a place to call her own. She had been exiled from her hometown Laurel, Mississippi after seducing a seventeen year old boy. After this incident, she decided to move to New Orleans with her sister Stella. She claimed she had to move, in result of a series of financial calamities which have recently claimed the family plantation, Belle Reve....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1201 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - Street Car Named Desire A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, has been called the best play ever written by an American. The geological setting of the play, New Orleans, creates a remarkably blended mood of decadence, nostalgia, and sensuality. The plot of the play comes about through the conflict between a man and his sister-in-law who comes to live at his house with he and his wife. Stanley Kowalski immediately captures the attention of the audience through Williams' excellent portrayal of the intensely strong willed character....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1173 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - ENGLISH ESSAY In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams uses his brilliant writing to bring life to his characters in the story. I will be composing a character sketch on Stanley, one of the main actors in the play. I will focus on evaluating Stanley's ever changing character traits in the role he plays. They consist of different moods that he demonstrates during the play: his aggressiveness, his love for Stella and also his rudeness and cruelty towards Blanche. Let's begin by talking about the way Stanley's aggressiveness affects the climax of the play....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 862 words
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Tragic Comedy of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire as Tragic Comedy      Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is considered by many critics to be a “flawed” masterpiece. This is because William’s work utilizes and wonderfully blends both tragic and comic elements that serve to shroud the true nature of the hero and heroine, thereby not allowing the reader to judge them on solid actuality. Hence, Williams has been compared to writers such as Shakespeare who, in literature, have created a sense of ambiguity and uncertainty in finding a sole “view or aspect ” in their works....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire]
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