Opposites Blance Dubois and Ignatius J. Reilly in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

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Blance Dubois and Ignatius J. Reilly are two characters that are complete physical opposites but are twins in their positions as societal outcasts. Both live hypocritical lives, extolling the virtues of social orders from the past as their actions oppose their supposed beliefs. While they do differ personally, they both present social commentary in the same vein—representing modern alienation from society and the self. Both refuse to integrate into the modern world, preferring to imagine it away or force their own views of culture onto those around them. However, in the end it proves impossible for them to escape the influence of their surroundings—whether conscious or unconsciously. Blanche appears in A Streetcar Named Desire as a remnant of the Old South, carrying the traditions of a “...

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