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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams in A Streetcar Named Desire creates one of the most profound accounts of desire versus death; in doing so he designs Blanche Dubois whose only wish is to be desired. Unfortunately in this tragedy death prevails over desire. The two elements of death and desire as binaries are not able to to exist without each other, and this idea is manifested throughout the main character, Blanche Dubois. Blanche uses her fantasies as a shield; and her desires as her motivation to survive. Her fading beauty being her only asset and chance of finding stability....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois]

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Analysis Of ' A Streetcar Named Desire '

- A Streetcar Named Desire sets the decaying values of the antebellum South against those of the new America. The civil, kindly ways of Blanche’s past are a marked contrast to the rough, dynamic New Orleans inhabited by Stella and Stanley, which leads Tennessee Williams’s “tragedy of incomprehension” (qtd. in Alder, 48). The central protagonist, Blanche, has many flaws; she lies, is vain and deceitful, yet can be witty and sardonic. These multifaceted layers balance what Jessica Tandy, who played Blanche in the first stage production in 1947, “saw as her ‘pathetic elegance’ ....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois]

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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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Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Is Weakened By Lack Of A Basic Human

- Empathy is a fundamental human connection, it allows us to strengthen relationships and build a stronger character. In Tennessee Williams play Streetcar Named Desire Blanche is weakened by the lack of a basic human trait. The lack of empathy that Blanche gives and receives greatly affects her poor resilience to Hardships in her life. Thus, causing her to be an emotional train wreck and a highly flawed character. Blanche often receives no empathy through her character because of her inability to empathize with others; this is demonstrated by her relationship with her husband, her sister, brother in law Stanley, and the death of her family....   [tags: Empathy, Emotion, A Streetcar Named Desire]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- "It said all that I needed to say," was Tennessee Williams ' remark on his play A Streetcar Named Desire. Subsequent to experiencing an operation that brought about the expulsion of three inches of his digestive system, Williams persuaded that his next play would be his last. He set out to investigate the furthest openings of his psyche to set up his fundamental rationality of life, "The gorillas might acquire the earth." Williams was a wiped out and touchy individual in his childhood and effectively subjected to the brutality and remorselessness of others....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois, Truth]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams is about a women named Blanche who goes to live with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley. Blanche has begun to mentally deteriorate due to all the stress, sadness and disappointment she has dealt with throughout her life. Blanche had lost her husband, lost Bella Reave which was a place the family had owned since they were young girls and has lost in a sense self-respect for herself. Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois, Symbol]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Written in 1947, by playwright Tennessee Williams, the play A Streetcar Named Desire opens in the 1940s in the well-known city of New Orleans. Readers are presented with the young couple Stan and Stella Kowalski who live below another young couple, Eunice and Steve. While Stan and Stella manage to maintain a relationship, it is abusive. Stella reunites with her alcoholic sister Blanche, after learning that the family plantation had been lost due to bankruptcy. Blanche, a widow often finds herself in difficult and unforeseen circumstances....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois, Light]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Thomas Lanier Williams And The Second Of The Williams ' Three Children

- Thomas Lanier Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911, he was the second of the Williams’ three children. By his own candid accounts, he described his family situation as being troubled, to put it lightly. His parent’s marriage was ordinarily tense, most likely as a result of his father’s alcoholism, physical intimidation and neglect. Thomas’s kindred troubles did not end with his parent’s unpleasantness, his beloved older sister, Rose, was institutionalized as a young woman and remained in care for the reminder of her life....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- In the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire” written by Tennessee Williams opens in New Orleans in the 1940’s with complex of conflicting emotions and it creates tension between the central characters. This play also is also about a woman name Blanche DuBois who comes to New Orleans to live off her sister’s charity after losing her home. She was exiled from her hometown for seducing a seventeen year boy at the school in Mississippi. Her sister’s husband Stanley points out to Blanche that whatever the sister has the husband has to also, the husband wants to find everything about her and the friction becomes between the two characters....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- The basic element of the American Dream is the freedom of the possibility to obtain whatever you dream of. These dreams are usually of a materialistic nature; the dream to own property and to be financially secure. They also can refer to the freedom of education and expression without censorship. To achieve this dream, it is believed that you must work hard and remain modest and consistent. In Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois symbolizes the failure of the grandiose American Dream....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams is known to be one of the greatest American playwrights of the twentieth century. Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire depicted the female characters as helpless victims in the south’s gender stereotypical and patriarchal society. In Williams’ plays, readers can see the gradual leaning towards violence. Critics have related this to anger and resentment toward his parents for not preventing his sister, Rose Williams, from undergoing the prefrontal lobotomy that left her absent from her formal self....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Stereotype, Blanche DuBois]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Scientists, for years, have been trying to uncover the secrets of reality. For example, Einstein has been known to say “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” Furthermore, many experiments have been conducted to determine what reality is, and how much our senses actually deceive us. After a complex thought, everything around us is man made or an illusion; our jobs are man made, time is man made, even people’s hopes and dreams are fueled by society’s opinions. Due to the fact, that these things we call real are made up of things that would have never been possible without the human mind, our reality can be perceived to be an illusion....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski]

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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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- 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]

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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 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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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]

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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]

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams,

- In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams, there are two different personalities we see in the main characters of two sisters, Blanche DuBois and Stella Kowalski. Blanche is a more matured and old-fashion style woman. Meanwhile Stella is an understanding, willing, and protective woman from the heart of downtown New Orleans. The play is set in the era of the 1950’s and is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Blanche plans on going to visit her sister Stella in the city....   [tags: blanche dubois, stella kowalski]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams has said, “We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.” Betrayal is prevalent in life and literature and creates uncertainty. According to Williams, without questioning people, one will eventually be betrayed. Characters deceive each other and, occasionally, themselves as they try to mend their lives. In A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, betrayal is evident in every relationship — Blanche and Mitch, Blanche and Stella, and Blanche and Stanley — and contributes to the theme of uncertainty in the novel....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stanley Kowalski]

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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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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Tennessee Williams tells a story of a battle with fantasy and reality through his characters in A Streetcar Named Desire. When the reader is first introduced to the character of Blanche DuBois, she portrays herself as sincere and fragile. Blanche shows up at the house of her sister Stella and her husband Stanley’s home with the intent of staying at their home for a lengthy amount of time. Blanche tells Stella that she has lost Belle Reve, an ancestral home, after the death of many of their relatives and also mentions she has been given a leave of absence from her job as a school teacher because of her bad nerves, “I was so exhausted by all I’d been through my --- nerves broke....   [tags: Leave of absence, Leave, Blanche DuBois]

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Blanche DuBois: The Antithesis of a Modern Woman

- BLANCHE DUBOIS: THE ANTITHESIS OF A MODERN WOMAN "Blanche DuBois, in 'A Streetcar Named Desire', is what a critic Ruby Cohn calls Williams' 'masterpiece contradiction'". (Bloom 70) Tennessee Williams is considered to be one of the most renowned playwrights of the twentieth century in American Literary History. As a playwright, he is best known for writing 'A Streetcar Named Desire', 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', and 'The Glass Menagerie'. Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire', focuses on the declining sanity of his central character, Blanche DuBois....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Fantasy and Illusions in "A Streetcar Named Desire" "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams is a play which has many issues, one of the largest issues being fantasy vs. illusions. This conflict which is evident throughout the play is very important because it decides how each character effects the outcome of the play. Fantasy and Illusion play a very large role, and it characterize Stella Kowalski, and Blanche DuBois, respectively. This conflict is brought up through the lives of Blanche and Stella, and the clear contrast in personalities between the two sisters....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Stanley Kowalski

- A Streetcar Named Desire During early times men were regarded as superior to women. In Tennessee William’s play, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Stanley Kowalski, the work’s imposing antagonist, thrives on power. He embodies the traits found in a world of old fashioned ideals where men were meant to be dominant figures. This is evident in Stanley’s relationship with Stella, his behavior towards Blanche, and his attitude towards women in general. He enjoys judging women and playing with their feelings as well....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stanley Kowalski, Stella Kowalski]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Blanche Dubois, a refined and delicate woman plagued by bad nerves, makes her first appearance in scene one of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. She unexpectedly arrives in New Orleans to visit her sister Stella Kowalski who ran away after their father’s death. Upon their reunion, Blanche is sharp-tongued and quick to state her shock over the unsavory status of the apartment in comparison to the luxurious plantation where the two sisters were raised. Though dissatisfied by the living conditions, Blanche quickly explains that she had been given leave of absence from her teaching position due to bad nerves and could not stand being left alone—her excuse to invite herself to stay...   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski]

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The Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- For my first theater experience I elected to see A Streetcar Named Desire by famous playwright, Tennessee Williams. I chose this above all else because I had read the play in high school but I had never seen it actually acted out before. I thought seeing a play that I was familiar with would enhance my first theater experience. I saw the well-known play on October 6th, a calm Tuesday night. The venue of the play was at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I ordered my ticket on the phone for 20 dollars which is quite inexpensive compared to other plays....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stanley Kowalski, Stella Kowalski]

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The Tainted Blanche DuBois

- “A Streetcar Named Desire” is arguably the greatest American tragedy ever written, this is undoubtedly to do with Williams’ skills as a playwright and the subtlety of the techniques he uses to draw the audience in, keep them guessing, engaged and mainly; to help further evoke catharsis and show that the protagonist, “Miss Dubois”, was tainted right from the very beginning. One of the main techniques used by Williams’ is his skill at writing in a poetic style, this, for a number of reasons, helps intensify the tragedy and further suggest that Blanches clearly flawed character will have her tragic comeuppance....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]

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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         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 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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Streetcar Named Desire By ' The New Orleans Street '

- Human conflict is ever-present in sex and desire. But, not until the streetcar named Desire was first shown in 1947 had the corporeal act of sex been so openly depicted on stage as a basis of dominance and power. The streetcar in the New Orleans Street, Elysian Fields, is an urban harsh world, where the laws of nature are the enduring rules of engagement. As the wild sex and violence are intimately connected, Intercourse is a product of aggressive dominance, competition and submission to a certain extent than romance....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stanley Kowalski, Stella Kowalski]

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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]

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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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- 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]

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

- 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....   [tags: Blance Dubois, Ignatius J. Reilly, Streetcar Named]

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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]

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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]

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Exposing the Truth in A Streetcar Named Desire

- Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is a play that needs no introduction. This complex piece of drama is most readily associated with Marlon Brando’s iconic portrayal of Stanley Kowalski’s lamenting cry in the streets of New Orleans. Stanley screams STELL-LAHHHHH!, and his “heavenly-splitting violent” cry only emphasizes the voicelessness of the female characters (Williams 2322). Despite Blanche’s ability to hold her own in verbal sparring matches or Stella’s lively demeanor, both women are oppressively held under the thumbs of various men....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]

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