Viola loses her brother, and is wash... ... middle of paper ... ... very real responses to loss but evoke different qualities and actions. Two characters that express themselves differently but, through their use of disguise and similar affect on the audience, manage to successfully portray the depth of a drama by connecting with the audience and acting as a channel for the cathartic moment, which marks a drama. These two women represent the same character but portray her in different ways. Viola’s portrayal is directed toward the fantastical, comedic setting of Twelfth Night, whereas Blanche is a much harsher, real, relatable character where the true fight with these emotion can be felt in an authentic way. Work Cited Shakespeare, William.
In the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, Blanche DuBois revolves around fantasy and shuts out any form of realism. A heavy theme that is throughout the play is the focus on Blanche’s incompetence to distinguish fantasy from reality. Blanche often uses her imagination as a defense mechanism from her pain from loss and from dangers. This imagination is so vivid that Blanche is able to create a reality where almost anything can happen. Blanche’s addiction to alcohol is common throughout the play and serves as a key factor to her delusions.
We as such may not intentionally see this from the start. Only the illusory image, which she tries to create for herself, suggests the... ... middle of paper ... ... coming to terms with reality. To conclude, the author portrays Blanche’s deteriorating mental state throughout the play and by the end it has disappeared, she is in such a mental state that doctors take her away. Even at this stage she is still completely un-aware of her surroundings and the state she is in herself. I believe that Williams passes on a strong message through the play, “Desire deteriorates our lives while our greatest fears stare us in the eye, the only reward we find is in knowing why we regret.” In the end, Blanche Dubois of A Streetcar Named Desire is a tragic figure.
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 crisis. Blanche, who suffers from emotional and inner conflict, is caught between two worlds and tries to escape reality and the truth as much as she possibly can with her imagination. Stella on the other hand, is a naïve and sensitive character, and may be considered to be the protagonist of the play. Stella tries to ignore the truth going on around her, and as harsh as they may be, she accepts them. Stanley, who is an aggressive, dominant, and sexual character, uses violence to receive his desire, no matter the cost.
All the illusions, misconceptions, and alcoholism were to help Blanche deal with her desire to flee from the actuality of her life. Those different mechanisms were Blanche’s ideal way to deal with stress and rising tension during her stay at her sister’s house. These were her ways of dealing with the unpleasant situations and living in a world of fantasy and her ways of survival. “Blanche was not just detached from reality, but her romantic way of looking at things, sensitive as it may be, has a fatal weakness: it exists only by ignoring only certain portions of reality” (Drama for students 10).
There are a myriad of times when a story’s dramatic and unexpected ending immensely impacts the expression of the story’s theme, as well as alters the thoughts of the audience. A powerful example of this is the unforeseen, stunning departure of Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll House. Leaving a troubling marriage, Nora does not see her departure as wrong because she believes the most sacred duties are the ones to herself. She sees this as a personal awakening because she has to spend time figuring out who she is as an individual or she will never be anything more than someone’s doll. This captures the overall theme of the sacrificial role of women society expects them to inhabit.
In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and in Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, two ladies are presented, that are not necessarily the leading protagonist, but they help unravel the plays’ plots into something amazing. Twelfth Night features Maria, the lady in waiting to Olivia. At first Maria comes off as a dilettante, later on we find out that’s not the case at all. Meanwhile, in The Imaginary Invalid, there is the disputatious Toinette, who is the maidservant and nurse to the imaginary invalid himself, Argan. Maria and Toinette are two strong women characters, their strength and wit is depicted through Maria and Toinette’s deceiving schemes to make their plays more stimulating as well as their objectivity throughout all the chaos in their respective play.
I think that the film definitely helped me understand to what extent Blanche’s problems were real. While acting Vivien Leigh was also experiencing difficulty of her own with alcohol abuse and it clearly resonated in her performance (even if it’s a sad she was experiencing problems in real life there is an undeniable enhancement in her performance). By the end of the film I started seeing Blanche more as the protagonist and her counterpart Stanley as the antagonist. Another aspect of the film that I thought made a huge impact on my intellectual perspective for the play was the ending. As we all know in the book Stella returns back to her husband and it ends with the image of Stanley as the ideal family man, comforting his wife as she holds their newborn child.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet The tragedy of Hamlet was a very interesting play with many very interesting characters that did a great many heroic and disappointing things despite the complexity and difficulty to understand the true personality William Shakespeare intended for each. Ophelia, one of the minor characters, represents one of the two women captured between men set out for revenge. Despite the minor role this character played, her impact on the play was quite significant. However, one of the most important questions to analyze, and the question this paper will explore below is why she went mad. This paper will delve into the kind of person Shakespeare portrays her as, why she is so easily affected, the factors causing her madness and the importance each of them play.
She is also illuminating much to do with her honest self in that she can not deal with the reality as it exposes her for what she in fact actually is which is a coquettish woman. As the play proceeds, we increasingly gain knowledge of Blanche and the real person she is juxtaposed to the actual being that she would like everyone to think she is. Tennessee Williams did an amazing job incorporating motifs such as lighting and flirtation in the play and without them we would be puzzled and left confused because their would be no inside view of Blanche and her mind. Using the fore mentioned motifs, we can contemplate that Blanche is deceptive, narcissistic and seductive and the use of motifs helped develop Blanche into the character she is.