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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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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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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 From the beginning, the three main characters of Streetcar are in a state of tension. Williams establishes that the apartment is small and confining, the weather is hot and oppressive, and the characters have good reason to come into conflict. The South, old and new, is an important theme of the play. Blanche and her sister come from a dying world. The life and pretensions of their world are becoming a thing of memory: to drive home the point, the family mansion is called "Belle Reve," or Beautiful Dream....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 2333 words
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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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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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Harsh Issues in A Streetcar Named Desire - Harsh Issues in A Streetcar Named Desire A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, is a play which deals with many harsh issues like spousal abuse, rape, and insanity. The play is mainly about Blanche and her sister Stella. Blanche arrives at her sisterÕs house after being fired from the school where she taught and after loosing the big family house. She says she is on a leave of absence, but Stella and her husband, Stanley, soon find out the truth. Throughout the play Blanche acts as someone she isnÕt, in order to hide her past and hope that someone will desire her....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire] 839 words
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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - Analysis of A Streetcar Named Desire Every person in this world feels the necessity of been loved at least one time in their life. Blanche feels this necessity and she tried to make herself loved but she has failed. Blanche arrives in New Orleans in a streetcar with only one desire; to find someone who would love her. Her sister, Stella, was her only family member left; and Blanche goes to her in order to find a solution for her problems. Blanche lives in a world of illusions that she uses to hide from the real world....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 655 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 - Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi for seducing a seventeen-year-old boy at the school where she taught English, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella's (Blanche's sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. This, she claims, is the result of a series of financial calamities which have recently claimed the family plantation, Belle Reve....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1053 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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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - Tennessee Williams gives insight into three ordinary lives in his play, “A Streetcar Named Desire” which is set in the mid-1930’s in New Orleans. The main characters in the play are Blanche, Stanley, and Stella. All three of these characters suffer from personalities that differentiate each of them to great extremes. Because of these dramatic contrarieties in attitudes, there are mounting conflicts between the characters throughout the play. The principal conflict lies between Blanche and Stanley, due to their conflicting ideals of happiness and the way things “ought to be”....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 734 words
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams uses setting to illustrate various themes and messages as they pertain to the events of the play. The setting plays a crucial role in the story line and the outcome of the play. This play takes place in New Orleans Louisiana. New Orleans is a very lively town that is known as a party town and for it being a rough town. New Orleans is a town in which inhibition is suppressed and people try to have fun all the time, while not worrying about the little things in life....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 721 words
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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - The American Dream is an ethos idealized by millions of people. It is an attitude and mindset that can promote success and prosperity throughout life. When it comes to the American dream, a significant part is the quest for money. As shown in classic American Literature such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, the influence of money plays an important role throughout both novels. There are characters in both books that use money as a way of representing what their morals and values are....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire] 1210 words
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The Dark Side of A Streetcar Named Desire -         In A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, the characters presented represent Williams' own view of society.  In Streetcar, Williams has created a medium to observe and reflect upon the darkest aspects of society and the result of these societal downfalls. Williams has portrayed numerous societal downfalls, such as the idea that he (or she) who tries to hide his true self and lie to the world ends up, above all, hurting himself. This statement, which lies just below the surface in Streetcar, reflects the difficulties Williams had in finding his own place in life....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 388 words
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Streetcar Named Desire - 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. Joseph Krutch, author of Twentieth Century Interpretations of A Streetcar Named Desire wrote, “The authors perceptions remain subtle and delicate… The final impression left is, surprisingly enough not of sensationalism but of subtlety” (38.) As in many of Williams's plays deeper meanings are understood only through close examination of each scene....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1124 words
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Paper as a Metaphor in A Streetcar Named Desire - "[M]ortgages, foreclosures, directions, letters, poems, telegrams, newspapers, appraisals, songs, even moons (Kolin 1)." What do these all have to do with each other. Paper and A Streetcar Named Desire. Philip C. Kolin points out this metaphor in his article " 'It's only a paper moon': The Paper Ontology' in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.'" Kolin has found that Williams has used paper as a metaphor to describe Blanche's and Stanley's faults and desires. Kolin finds this to be a common thread in Williams' work but mainly focuses on Streetcar....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 545 words
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How Are Dominate Women Presented in A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller and A Streetcar by Tennessee Williams - ... Perhaps, the most iconic aspect of Williams is that he creates the minor characters in such a way that they all have an effect on Blanche in some shape or form. For instance, the Vendor says: ‘Red hots. Red hots!’ Blanche then ‘utters a sharp, frightened cry [...] shrinks away [...] laughs breathlessly again.’ The ‘Reds – hots’ are a double entendre which symbolize the loss of the dreams of the past and the playwright has chosen to forebode this as it runs parallel to Blanche’s demise at the end....   [tags: sexual, aggressive, tragedy]
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Scene One of A Streetcar Named Desire - Scene One of A Streetcar Named Desire What is the dramatic significance of scene one of the play A Streetcar named Desire. Scene 1 of this play has great dramatic significance. In this essay, I will be looking at key points throughout the scene that reveal the key features of the plot, characters, theme and imagery plus how it is used to give the audience a taster for what is to come. Scene one is set in New Orleans, I feel this is used because in peoples mind beforehand it has a strong emotional presence and is often associated with many types of genres such as music....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Literature Essays] 1691 words
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Brutality and Deceit in A Streetcar Named Desire -     A Streetcar Named Desire is a socially challenging play in light of the way in which Tennessee Williams depicts the capacity of human nature for brutality and deceit.  He takes the viewpoint that, no matter how structured or 'civilized' society is, all people will rely on their natural animal instincts, such as dominance and deception, to get themselves out of trouble at some stage in life.  William's has created three main characters, Blanche Dubois, Stella Kowalski and Stanley Kowalski....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
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Tennessee Williams and A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911. As a  successful playwright, his career was greatly influenced by events in his life.  He was noted for bringing the reader "a slice of his own life and the feel of southern culture", as his primary sources of inspiration were "the writers he grew up with, his family, and the South."  The connection between his life and his work can be seen in several of his plays. One strong influence that is evident in Tennessee Williams' plays is his family life, which was "full of tension and despair".  His father, a businessman who owned a show warehouse, was known for his gambling and drinking habits.  He was often engaged with violent argume...   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 479 words
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Stanley's Control in A Streetcar Named Desire - Stanley's Control in A Streetcar Named Desire Remember what Huey Long said – Every Man is a King. - Explain how Stanley had his control, how he has had his kingship challenged and how he is trying to re-establish his control. “Remember what Huey Long said – “Every Man is a King!” Explain how Stanley had his control, how he has had his kingship challenged and how he is trying to re-establish his control. In the opening of “A Street Car Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, we are presented with a stereotypical presentation of a husband and wife....   [tags: Control A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 945 words
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Harshness and Cruelty in Streetcar Named Desire - One of the main themes expressed by Tennessee Williams in his play, A Streetcar Named Desire, is to condemn those who display cruelty and harshness in their treatment of others, especially those who are weak and vulnerable.  Three characters who demonstrate these insensitive qualities are Blanche, Mitch, and Stanley.  Whether the cruelty is deliberate or not, it results in the destruction of others, both physically and mentally. Blanche Dubois, the central victim of mistreatment in the play, was herself, dealing out her share of insensitivities during her younger days.  When Blanche was 16, she had a very handsome lover named Allan Gray.  She was very much in love with him and decided to mar...   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 745 words
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire The play, ‘A street car named desire’ was written by an author named Tennessee Williams. His real name was Thomas Lanier. He assumed the name ‘Tennessee’ in 1938 because he said, “the Williams fought the Indians for Tennessee.” Tennessee was born on March 26th 1911 in Columbus Mississippi. When he was a teenager he realised the life of a young writer was going to be something similar to the defence of the stockade against a band of peasants. A description reminiscent of Blanches battles with Stanley in the street car named desire is what Tennessee was trying to refer to his own life....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Literature Essays] 1517 words
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Women on the Road - Lois Bender was quietly sitting at a café one morning, eating a quick breakfast before heading to work. This was before a man came and sat opposite her at the table and asked if she ever got lonely, seeing that she was by herself. Does this relate to you, or even seem right. Probably not. This sort of thing hardly ever happens these days, due to the dramatic change in the role of women. However, it was a common practice in the 1940’s and 50’s, as women greatly depended on men for nearly everything, and never left the house without them by their side....   [tags: Film Review] 1370 words
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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Ghosts of the Past - Ghosts of the Past Haunt A Streetcar Named Desire Our lives are consumed by the past. The past of what we once did, what we once accomplished, and what we once could call our own. As we look back on these past memories we seldom realize the impact these events have on our present lives. The loss of a past love mars are future relationships, the loss of our family influences the choices we make today, and the loss of our dignity can confuse the life we live in the present....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 995 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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The Characters of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - The Characters of A Streetcar Named Desire             Tennessee Williams was one of the greatest American dramatists of the 20th century. Most of his plays take us to the southern states and show a confused society. In his works he exposes the degeneration of human feelings and relationships. His heroes suffer from broken families and they do not find their place in the society. They tend to be lonely and afraid of much that surrounds them. Among the major themes of his plays are racism, sexism, homophobia and realistic settings filled with loneliness and pain.1 Tennessee Williams characters showed us extremes of human brutality and sexual behavior.2  One of his most popular dramas was...   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays] 1233 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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Misguided Feminist Reaction to A Streetcar Named Desire - Misguided Feminist Reaction to A Streetcar Named Desire     The dramatic climax of A Streetcar Named Desire, clearly illustrates the mastery of author Tennessee Williams. The brilliantly constructed text, with its tragic story and enticing characters, propels the reader to a point in which he becomes emotionally involved in the dynamics of Williams’ world. Unfortunately, many feminists are negatively affected by Williams’ captivating writing style. In turn, feminists have developed an array of very strong opinions regarding the climax, often responding with a very personal and emotive discussion of the issues....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire]
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Intimacy in A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams - Intimacy Tennessee Williams used his life experiences to write many successful plays. One of his most successful plays is A Streetcar Named Desire. In this play Williams relates the characters closely to his father, mother, and sister. William’s father was a gambler, a drunk, and very aggressive. Williams’s mother was a Southern Bell and looked down upon people that were not like her, and his sister was suffering from psychological disorders. Stanley is like William’s father, Blanche is like William’s mother and sister, and Allan, Blanche’s dead husband, is like Tennessee Williams....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]
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Illusions in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire - Illusions in A Streetcar Named Desire In Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, there are many examples where the characters are using illusions in an attempt to escape reality. The best example is found by looking to the main character. Blanche Dubois was a troubled woman who throughout the play lives her life in illusions. The story begins with Blanche going to New Orleans to stay with her sister Stella, and her husband Stanley for a while. Here, the illusions are revealed and the battle between the illusions and the characters will begin....   [tags: Streetcar Named Desire] 1318 words
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Symbols and Symbolism in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire -   The most obvious symbol used in A Streetcar Named Desire is its title and the actual reference, in the play, to the streetcars named Desire and Cemeteries. They are the means by which Blanche was brought to the home of Stanley and Stella and, as the play unfolds, we realize the names of the streetcars have a greater significance. Blanche's instructions were to “take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries." When Blanche first arrives she is possessed by a desire for love and understanding, but always in the background lurks the fear of death and destruction....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]
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Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams “Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama…the purest language of plays.” Once, quoted as having said this, Tennessee Williams has certainly used symbolism and colour extremely effectively in his play, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. A moving story about fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her lapse into insanity, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ contains much symbolism and clever use of colour. This helps the audience to link certain scenes and events to the themes and issues that Williams presents within the play, such as desire and death, and the conflict between the old America and the new....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Literature Essays] 1254 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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Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams - Tennessee William's novel, A Streetcar Named Desire, is the story of the brutish Stanley Kowalski and his meek wife Stella, a New Orleans couple whose lives are turned upside down with the arrival of Stella's neurotic, Southern belle sister Blanche who is immediately drawn into a battle of wills with Stanley. Blanche's childlike helplessness, romantic desires, and pretensions to aristocracy completely collapse when Stanley's ruthless exposure of her past brings about Blanche's final disintegration....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire] 930 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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Music and Sound Used in A Streetcar Named Desire - Music and Sound Used in A Streetcar Named Desire A Streetcar Named Desire-Music and Sound. In A Street Car Named Desire Tennessee Williams uses music and sound to help symbolise certain themes, help build on characters and create different types of atmosphere. He uses things like the ’blue piano’ and the polka music to help do this. Tennessee Williams uses the ’blue piano’ to symbolise the life in this play, it shows the general atmosphere of the play. At the end of the opening stage directions we are told this, it says, ‘This ’blue piano’ expresses the spirit of the life which goes on here.’ This is saying as long as the ‘blue piano’ is playing life still goes on....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Music Essays] 1049 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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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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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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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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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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Stella and Ruth: Similar Women from Different Lifestyles - Although A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, and A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, appear to be very different plays, there are some great similarities. Ruth, from A Raisin in the Sun, lives with her immediate family and her sister and mother-in-law in the Southside of Chicago. However, Stella, A Streetcar Named Desire, has left her family behind and moved to New Orleans. Although these two women come from very different backgrounds and are characters in very different plays, they have surprising similarities....   [tags: Comparative, Williams, Hansberry] 750 words
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