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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- Preserved in the Constitution of 1776 is a dream of spiritual attainment, which argues that all men, equal under law, should be free to engage in the pursuit of happiness. Throughout Tennessee Williams’s noteworthy novel, A Streetcar Named Desire, the author makes a criticism of a spiritual fulfillment of this pronounced “American Dream”. Williams continually makes the dream look to be unattainable to most Americans, and viewed as a sign of dominance rather than opportunity and perseverance. In this latest play we have read in class, the American Dream is consistently criticized and made out to look as if it is truly detrimental to the average citizen....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire

- Alcohol in its many forms The use of alcohol has many different physical properties. In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, alcohol plays a rather compelling and symbolic role. For instance alcohol occurs in both texts in the form of social meanings of having a good time and can also lead to violence. Therefore, the authors are trying to get across that alcohol is used, in different ways, to convey the moral degradations of society....   [tags: alcohol and conflict in literature]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- People spend their lives not discovering who they are, but making who they will be. Their relationships and interactions with other people define them and contribute to their personality. The accumulation of every meeting and conversation an individual has leads up to who they have become. This happens in stories as well, interactions between characters show the reader who that character is as a person. This type of characterization can be used by the writer not only to create a personality, but to bring out a theme as well....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Lust, Romance]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- In A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, Stella and Stanley use sexual advances in order to obtain power and control. While playing poker, Stella uses sexual advances in order to woo Stanley and make him subordinate to her. In another scene, Stanley uses sexual advances to take control of Blanche in the bedroom and rapes her. These sexual advances relate Stella as a wife, who wants to show that she is a woman of strong character and Stanley as the alpha male, who wants to be in control of everything....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Marriage]

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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- The dawn of the twentieth century beheld changes in almost every aspect of the day-to-day lives of women, from the domestic domain to the public. By the midpoint of the twentieth century, women 's activities and concerns had been recognized by the society in previously male-dominating world. The end of the nineteenth century saw tremendous growth in the suffrage movement in England and the United States, with women struggling to attain political equality. However, this was not to last however, and by the fifties men had reassumed their more dominant role in society....   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Gender role, Man]

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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

- The play A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, manipulates the ideas of Men and women’s roles in society as well as the unmaintained sexual desire between the two. During the era of the 1950’s, marriage was between a man and woman and vows were seldom broken. Gender roles were for the most part set in stone. The women would cook dinner, watch the kids, and clean the house. Men of the 1950’s would go to work and work all day to put the food on the table. Men genuinely were the head of the household controlling most of the “say so.” Throughout the 1950’s gender roles came to a halt and drafted in an alternate direction....   [tags: famous plays, gender roles]

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Character of Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar

- The Character of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire     Animals are, by nature, passionately instinctive; that is, when reacting to a situation, they do so forcefully and spontaneously. Therefore, we can think of passionate instinct as an intense, innate reaction to a particular situation. Animals also lack what we call ‘inhibition’ -- the suppression of a natural drive, instinct or feeling. For instance, when a skunk senses danger, it will not restrain its natural, defensive reaction and will not hesitate to spray a foul-smelling substance in the direction of the danger for self-protection....   [tags: A Streetcar Named Desire Essays]

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'A Study on the Social Causes of Insanity' How Appropriate Do You Find this Statement as a Comment on Streetcar Named Desire and Regeneration?

- ... Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is set in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ when America was going through a great deal of change in the order of society. The three main characters; Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski and Stanley Kowalski jostle claustrophobically in a small apartment, set in Elysian Fields in New Orleans, Elysian Fields is an ironic name as it evokes the sense that the apartment is heaven, when in reality it is very much the opposite. Stella and Blanche are sisters, but during the course of the play, we notice very clearly that Blanche is stuck in the in the Old World of plantations and inequality, with very large social divides....   [tags: film analysis, social pressures on characters]

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Romantic Love as the Center of Conflict in A Streetcar Named Desire, Wuthering and Much Ado about Nothing

- Romantic love is the centre of conflict and takes many forms in A Streetcar Named Desire, Wuthering and Much Ado about Nothing. Despite these three texts being of different genres they present romance similarly. In A Streetcar Named Desire, the audience perceive that Stanley’s and Stella’s relationship is mostly based on physical attraction. We recognise this when Stanley says that he wants to get rid of Blanche so that he and Stella “can make noise in the night” without Blanche “behind the curtains to hear us!” the staging her demonstrates that there is no privacy in their small apartment as the only barrier between Stanley and Blanch is “the curtain”, this would create the effect of claust...   [tags: physical, emotions, relationships]

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Analysis of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

- After World War II, in 1947, Tennessee Williams wrote a play called A Streetcar Named Desire, the play takes place in the jubilant city of New Orleans, it is a about a sensitive woman named Blanche who has filled her entire life of lies, illusions, and full fantasy's she could never have. With her family plantation, Bella Reve, lost and nothing to lose she decides to move to the city to stay with her sister Stella and her rough, blue-collar husband Stanley. As the play progresses, because of Blanche's frail personality, the audience begins to feel for her own unfortunate life....   [tags: American Literature]

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Symbolism of the Lantern in William´s A Streetcar Named Desire

- ... Blanche bought the lantern because she, “can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more that I can a rude remark or vulgar action,” (Williams 37). The lantern Blanche purchased symbolizes the idea that she is able to cover up anything and make it seem more beautiful and desirable. Blanche is not only taking a bare bulb and turning it into something more tantalizing, she has also done the same with her own life by always reinventing herself. Blanche is left to be completely exposed and empty because she cannot even recognize herself....   [tags: insecurities, lantern, reflection, lies]

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Reality and Illusion in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

- A Streetcar Named Desire, first published in 1947, is considered a landmark play for the 20th century American drama, bringing author Tennessee Williams a Pulitzer Prize. One of its most important themes deals with the contrast between reality and illusion. The aim of this essay is to examine how this contrast is reflected in the way the main character constructs her identity. As Ruby Cohn calls it in his essay “The Garrulous Grotesque of Tennessee Williams”, A Streetcar Named Desire is “a poignant portrait of a Southern gentlewoman who is extinct in the modern world” (46)....   [tags: literary analysis, critical analysis]

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A Streetcar Named Desire: The Repression of Women in the 20th Century

- A Streetcar Named Desire: The Repression of Women in the 20th Century. Feminist critics, are people who agree to the idea that gender differences are culturally determined, and not born with it, interpret literature as a record of male dominance; particularly the repression by men. The play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams shows the attitudes of men who impose their will on women and try to convince them of their inferiority. the way they interact with women, discuss them, look at them, talk to them, use and abuse them....   [tags: gender, stereotypes, abuse]

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Stanley Kowalski’s Violence in A Streetcar Named Desire

- Stanley Kowalski’s Violence in A Streetcar Named Desire In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a main theme was domestic violence and how women were not respected before the 1970’s. Beating your wife was considered “family matters” and many people ignored this huge issue. Women were supposed to take care of the situation by themselves or ignore it. Ruby Cohn argues that Stanley is the “protector of the family” and that his cruelest gesture in the play is “to tear the paper lantern off the light bulb” (Bloom 15)....   [tags: domestic violence, torture]

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A Streetcar Named Desire: Contextualising

- A Streetcar Named Desire: Contextualising Tennessee Williams uses ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ to relate to his own personal life, echoes of his own life are present in the plot and sub-plot of the play. The play is set during the era in which it was written therefore it must have been easy for Williams to relate characters to real life people. Also because this play is meant to be as real to life as possible within the confines of the story means that everyone who goes to watch the play will be able to relate to the characters depicted in some way or other....   [tags: English Literature]

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Gender Roles in The Yellow Wallpaper and A Streetcar Named Desire

- Many different depictions of gender roles exist in all times throughout the history of American culture and society. Some are well received and some are not. When pitted against each other for all intents and purposes of opposition, the portrayal of the aspects and common traits of masculinity and femininity are separated in a normal manner. However, when one gender expects the other to do its part and they are not satisfied with the results and demand more, things can shift from normal to extreme fairly quickly....   [tags: Literature]

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Symbolism, Imagery and Allegory in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire

- Symbolism, Imagery and Allegory in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire   Tennessee Williams said, in the foreword to Camino Real, "a symbol in a play has only one legitimate purpose, which is to say a thing more directly and simply and beautifully than it could be said in words." Symbolism is used, along with imagery and allegory to that effect in both Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire. Both plays tend to share the same kinds of symbols and motifs; sometimes they achieve the same meaning, sometimes not....   [tags: comparison compare contrast Symbols]

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Essay on Downfall and Denial in Streetcar Named Desire and Glass Menagerie

- Downfall and Denial in Streetcar Named Desire and Glass Menagerie     Tennessee Williams allows the main characters in the plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, to live miserable lives, which they first try to deny and later try to change.  The downfall and denial of the Southern gentlewoman is a common theme in both plays.  The characters, Blanche DuBois from A Streetcar Named Desire and Amanda from The Glass Menagerie are prime examples.  Blanche and Amanda have had, and continue to have, many struggles in their lives.  The problem is that Williams never lets the two women work through these problems and move on.  The two ladies are allowed to destroy themselves and W...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Doll 's House And A Streetcar Named Desire

- Throughout history men and women have had separate roles in and out of the family. Henrick Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” are two pieces of literature placed within a timeframe in history where these gender roles were essential. From the outside, these two plays appear to be very different; however, a very similar theme runs through both. “A Doll’s House” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” have a very similar take on masculinity and femininity in a marital relationship; men must make all decisions and are dependent on the subordination of the women....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Man]

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Essay on Stagnant Lives in Streetcar Named Desire and Glass Menagerie

- Stagnant Lives in Streetcar Named Desire and Glass Menagerie     The Stagnant Lives of Blanche DuBois and Amanda Wingfield    "All of Williams' significant characters are pathetic victims--of time, of their own passions, of immutable circumstance" (Gantz 110). This assessment of Tennessee Williams' plays proves true when one looks closely at the characters of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Their lives run closely parallel to one another in their respective dramas....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Masculine Bravado in Death of a Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire

- What is it to be a man. Masculinity is defined and characterized differently across cultures and time – there is no “global” standard. In some cultures, being a man may mean being comfortable with both your masculine and feminine sides or it could suggest being “tough” and not letting your feelings show at all. Manliness can be demonstrated in some cultures by providing for a family through work, and in others, it might mean scoring the winning goal in a championship game. It is not an easy thing to define an entire gender based on the arbitrary set of ever-changing social and cultural norms, but somehow- it still happens....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Comparing A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

- Comparing A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof In the game of life man is given the options to bluff, raise, or fold. He is dealt a hand created by the consequences of his choices or by outside forces beyond his control. It is a never ending cycle: choices made create more choices. Using diverse, complex characters simmering with passion and often a contradiction within themselves, Tennessee Williams examines the link of past and present created by man's choices in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Delicate Blanche, virile Stanley....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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A Comparison of the Masks In Cold Blood, Streetcar Named Desire, and Fences

- Peeking Behind the Masks In Cold Blood, Streetcar Named Desire, and Fences               In life, we all attempt to project some kind of personality to others. We have a mask we wear in different situations, but when times get tough, we eventually discard our masks and become our true selves. We don't live behind our masks until the tragic end, like the characters of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, and Fences by August Wilson. The three characters, Perry Smith, Blanche DuBois, and Troy Maxson wore masks to their bitter endings, always trying to fool everyone else....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Streetcar Named Desire

- A Streetcar Named 'Desire' " "A Streetcar Named 'Desire'" is one of the most recognised plays in theatrical cinema, lately. I saw it very recently, when the production was held in the prestigious "National Theatre," Central London. There is also the 'classic hit' movie which is based upon the play. It was first written and produced in 1951 and has the same title. During that period, people were not allowed to mention anything involving sexual or racist discrimination, and as this was one of the major laws, some scenes in the movie were adapted, deliberately....   [tags: Drama]

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Essay on Portrayal of Women in The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire

- Portrayal of Women in The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire       The plays of Tennessee Williams are often controversial because of his preoccupation with sex and violence. Basic female character types often reappear throughout each of his plays. The women featured in the plays, The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire all suffer from physical or emotional mutilation and seek fulfillment from a man.               An influential factor in Tennessee Williams's writing was his own personal experience....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Tragedy Of Tennessee William 's A Streetcar Name Desire

- First, the Greek tragedy introduces a new type of production. Instead of telling what has already happened, which previous plays had done, the Greeks began to show what may happen. At this point, the plot was quite straightforward. The tragic hero causes his own demise; however, the playwright follows the hero’s downfall with a purging of pity and fear, called catharsis. Centuries later, Elizabethan theatre gained popularity. Shakespeare was the pinnacle of this era; he even invented his own genre of tragedy: the Elizabethan revenge tragedy....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Poetics, Sophocles]

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The Tragic Heroes Of Oedipus And Blanche

- With every acclaim to success, there is a falling as intense as the ascent. Failure is the building block for success and without failure being the constant reminder that perfection is non-existent, great achievements could not be obtained. After an accomplishment, the world seems utopian, but not for everyone. Some feats end in the catastrophic demoralization of an individual. Aristotle believed the tragic hero to leave the mortal world in consternation after rising to a high societal stature, and using this as a basis, he developed the six characteristics of a tragic hero....   [tags: Tragedy, Tragic hero, Sophocles, Oedipus]

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams

- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesee Williams In this piece of coursework i will assess how effectively the director understands the play and how she translates this knowledge when making the film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh and I will be weighing up the similarities/differences between the first scene of the film and the first scene of the play. The director of the film A Streetcar Named Desire represents the first stage direction of the play very well. The description given in the first stage direction is very similar to the first shots that we get of the film which is of Elysian Fields and it runs between the L&N tracks of the river....   [tags: Papers]

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Psychoanalytical Study of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

- Was Tennessee Williams a psychoanalyst too. A crítica psicanalítica, em outras palavras, pode ir além da caça aos símbolos fálicos; ela nos pode dizer alguma coisa sobre a maneira pela qual os textos literários se formam, e revelar alguma coisa sobre o significado dessa formação. EAGLETON (1994: 192) It is very debatable nowadays how much psychology can influence an author or how much the author's psychological features can influence his work. The creation of a character demands different kinds of information and the most important part of this process happens when the psychological aspects of the character are put together to meet his life his...   [tags: American Literature]

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams I think that there is a pattern of conflict and tension within the story because there seems to be a lot or argument distributed fairly evenly throughout the story. It starts of fairly mellow, with two sisters re-uniting after such a long parting. This so far makes the story look very tame and there is not a lot of fighting or violence involved, which is when the story takes a completely different turn and there are sparks of conflict....   [tags: Papers]

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Role of Gender in "A Streetcar Named Desire"

- Social upheaval in many senses was explicit through the beginning of the twentieth century; two world wars had - for a short time - shifted the balance of power between men and women. Women were increasingly employed to fill positions which had previously been considered masculine. This was not to last however, and by the fifties men had reassumed their more dominant role in society. People were finding new voices at this time by taking pre-existing forms and pushing the boundaries to re-voice established literary forms....   [tags: World Literature]

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Tennessee Williams' Use of Dramatic Devices To Create Contrast And Conflict In "A Streetcar Named Desire"

- Tennessee Williams' Use of Dramatic Devices To Create Contrast And Conflict In "A Streetcar Named Desire" Tennessee Williams uses a number of dramatic devices to highlight the conflicting worlds of the old and new American South. These can be divided into four categories: staging, character and language, and props and costumes. I will be using these categories for reference in this essay. 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is an example of the genre 'realism'. Realism is fiction that is overtly gritty and realistic, showing real people in real situations, and also comments on the state of the world at that time....   [tags: Tennessee Williams Desire Essays]

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The Domination of Female Characters in A Streetcar Named Desire and A View from the Bridge

- ... The structure in the play also allows the plot to progress and add more realism to the play. Moreover, as Alfieri is technically the narrator, he constantly informs the audience members on what is going on and he tells it from his past experiences. ‘This one’s name was Eddie Carbone’ This shows Alfieri’s emphasis on ‘was’, as a saddening case for him and the use of an external analepsis creates suspension in the play and the audience members wonder what will happen next. This technique creates different atmospheres to run parallel to the play’s progressing plot....   [tags: tragedy, sexual, identity]

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Comparsion of Tennessee Williams´ A Streetcar Named Desire the Play or Movie

- Tennessee Williams wrote a play named A Streetcar Named Desire which eventually became Pulitzer Prize winner for drama in 1948. This play was first staged on December 3rd 1947 in New York. A Streetcar Named Desire which was second play produced by Williams went on to become a huge success just like his first play named The Glass Menagerie. Streetcar helped Williams in cementing his position as one of the most proficient and respected playwrights existing in contemporary theater (Kolin 1993). For Tennessee Williams this play proved to be his first work which was translated and produced as a movie by Elia Kazan....   [tags: acting, cast, play, plot]

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Drama of A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' Famous Play

- The drama A Streetcar Named Desire is one of Tennessee Williams most well-known plays. Blanche DuBois seeks refuge in her sister’s home after the loss of their ancestral home, the Belle Reve plantation. Her little sister, no more than a year younger than she, shares her home with her husband. During Blanche’s stay, she attempts to escape her past, start afresh, and attract a new suitor to settle down. However, she is tormented by her aggressive, unrelenting, and honest brother-in-law who eventually destroys all her hopes....   [tags: new orleans, sexuality, suicide]

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A Streetcar Named Desire Analysis

- This 1950's theatrical presentation was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Tennessee Williams. It is about a southern bell by the name of Blanche Dubois who loses her father's plantation to a mortgage and travels to live in her sister's home in New Orleans by means of a streetcar called Desire. There she finds her sister living in a mess with a drunken bully husband, and the events that follow cause Blanche to step over the line of insanity and fall victim to life's harsh lessons. The artistic intensions of the film were clearly stated in the beginning when the credits appeared on the screen along with the recognition that this film received....   [tags: Film]

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The Novel ' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, And The Glass Menagerie

- Much like Lorraine Hansberry, Madeleine L’Engle believes that “the growth of love is not a straight line, but a series of hills and valleys.” Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Glass Menagerie, and Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias use the idea that even through struggles their characters show that love always endures. Although loving someone, who is not particularly loveable, is one of the most difficult parts of being human, it is possible by remembering that addictions can be reversed, blood is forever, and a ring is more than just an object....   [tags: Marriage, Love, Wife, Family]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello And Tennessee William 's A Streetcar Named Desire

- Both William Shakespeare 's Othello and Tennessee William 's A Streetcar Named Desire are both theatre productions. Othello was written in 1603 and contains themes of betrayal and loyalty, whilst Streetcar was written in 1947 and both contain themes of social standing. Streetcar was intended to be received by an educated adult audience, whereas Othello was intended to be watched by a mixture of educated and uneducated adults. Both pieces possess a serious narrative tone, and were intended to entertain an audience whilst presenting the author 's themes and ideas....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Desdemona, 17th century]

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Many Elements of Tragedy in Streetcar Names Desire by Tennessee Williams

- ... “You didn’t know Blanche as a girl,” she argues. “Nobody, nobody, was tender and trusting as she was”. Blanche did not try to hide her feelings towards her sister's husband Stanley. She referred to him as common and sub human. Stanley is trying to convince his wife that everything was better before her sister arrived. Stanley tries his hardest to get Stella to ask her sister to leave, and he continuously did it. Hovis thinks that Stella remained passive throughout the play. The worlds of Stanley Kowalski and Blanche DuBois could never diametrically meet....   [tags: pulitzer prize, victim, critics]

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Summaries of Death and the King’s Horseman and Streetcar Names Desire

- Soyinka and Williams present their main characters, Blanche and Elesin, as victims of their own delusions by showing how they do not live in reality, but in their own worlds and how they never listen to anyone else when given advice. These two characters seem unstable in one way or another and their endings are unhappy ones. There are also times where these characters are completely different and their lives juxtapose one another. Blanche and Elesin are very similar as their delusions start off with both of them enjoying a good and expensive life....   [tags: characters, delusions, mental instability]

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The Uses Williams Makes of Setting, Dialogue, Stage Direction and Effects in Scene 6 of A Streetcar Named Desire

- The Uses Williams Makes of Setting, Dialogue, Stage Direction and Effects in Scene 6 of A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams is well known for his use of extensive stage directions to set the mood for a scene, and in A Streetcar Named Desire this is particularly obvious in scene six. As most playwrights do, Tennessee Williams introduces the scene with a short description of the area and surroundings of the characters and their positions. His description of the characters goes beyond simple descriptions, suggesting aspects of their personality as well as their moods....   [tags: Papers]

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Use of Symbols and Colors in Tennessee Williams' Street Car Named Desire

- Why are colours important when trying to symbolize what is taking place in the mind of the setting and the characters of literature. Tennessee Williams have once said “ Symbols are nothing but the natural of drama the purest languages of play.” Tennessee William has exactly used symbolism and colour quite effectively in his play A Streetcar Named Desire. An impressive story about fading southern belle Blanche Dubois and her failure into insanity. A Streetcar Named Desire consists many symbolism and knowledgeable use of colour....   [tags: state of mind, depression, romance]

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A Comparison of A Streetcar Named Desire and The Master Builder

- The Comedy and Tragedy of A Streetcar Named Desire and The Master Builder It has been said that the world is a comedy to those that think, and a tragedy to those who feel. This philosophy is supported by two important literary works, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen. In each piece, the sensitive and emotional characters experience tremendous pain, while the cold and unfeeling characters are simply amused by the pain of others. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams shows two characters who have very different experiences of the world....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Role of Masculinity in Shiloh and A Streetcar Named Desire

- Role of Masculinity in Shiloh and A Streetcar Named Desire A Truckdriver Named Shiloh Have you ever felt that men always screw things up. Perhaps it is not men themselves that cause destruction; maybe it is merely the result of the presence of a masculine character. The role of masculinity is an essential aspect in both Bobbie Ann Mason's short story entitled, Shiloh, and in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, although it functions very differently in each story. In Shiloh, we see the detrimental effects that the male role has even in its absence through the interactions that Leroy has with his with wife, Norma Jean....   [tags: essays papers]

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A Streetcar Named Desire - a Short Textual Analysis

- In "A Streetcar Named Desire", Tennessee Williams leaves a large amount of stage direction to the actor and the director. The choices in the performance made by the latter can neither be right nor wrong, as there are so many options open for artistic interpretation. The extract from Scene three is no exception and within the dialogue there are numerous suggestions for explanation of characters, music, setting and forewarning for the audience. "The game is still going on" (page 144). The opening quote of this extract is key in foreshadowing the events of the poker night scene....   [tags: American Literature]

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Feminist Bashing of Tennessee Williams and A Streetcar Named Desire

- A Streetcar Named Desire and the Gay Roots of Feminist Straight Bashing      Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire is widely considered the highest achievement of 20th Century American theatre. Stanley Kowalski is a symbol of the heterosexual male. Significantly this male icon is portrayed as a rapist. In 1947, Tennessee Williams (through Blanche DuBois) also describes Stanley as "sub human," a term that would inspire outrage if it had been used against Jews, blacks, women or gays. The play is a good example of how Williams, a homosexual, contributed to the "modern malaise" by undermining the legitimacy of heterosexual males, females and the family....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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A Streetcar Named Desire: Visual, Aural and Spatial

- Streetcar Named Desire: Visual, Aural and Spatial The sound for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is effective but this could be built upon to improve it and create a more intense atmosphere. The stage directions do state when sound should be used, they usually state the piece of music and the way in which it should be played, for example “Blue piano and the hot trumpet sound louder”. I think that if an amalgamation of types of music such as; instrumental music, recorded sounds and vocal pieces. This would provide a range of sounds and would be more interesting for the audience....   [tags: English Literature]

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Marriage in A Doll House and A Streetcar Named Desire

- A couple’s marriage along with their struggles and problems can tell us a lot about their individual morals and what type of people they are. How someone handles themselves when they are in a battle or argument with their spouse can show the reader the person they are, their strengths, weaknesses and even their outlook on life. In these plays we are shown Torvald Helmer and Stanley Kowalksi’s ways of controlling their wives, their strengths, weaknesses and outlooks on life, or morals just by their actions....   [tags: compare contrast essays]

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The Invisible Injury in Tenessee Williams´A Streetcar Named Desired

- 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 advertently exposing the primitive beast like qualities in Stanley....   [tags: repression, indulgence, motives, perspective]

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Slipping in the Quicksand: Guilt, Psychology, and the Fall of Blanche Dubois

- The Greek tragedian Aeschylus once wrote that “a god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house,” and as the creator of A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams is no exception. The guilt of Blanche DuBois makes the emotional, tragic, and often extreme circumstances of the play possible. Williams creates Blanche’s vulnerabilities, including her dependence on others and her inability to face reality, so that her guilt over Allan’s death becomes the primary cause of her promiscuity, neurasthenic behavior and ultimate downfall....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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The Down Fall of Rose Williams and Blanche DuBois

- Tennessee Williams is known to be a Southern playwright of American drama. Williams knew how to show haunting elements like psychological drama, loneliness, and inexcusable violence in his plays. Critics say Williams often depicted women who were suffering from critical downfalls due to his sister Rose Williams. Rose was always fighting with a mental health condition known as schizophrenia all her life. The character Laura in The Glass Menagerie is always compared to Rose, because they were both socially awkward and very quiet girls....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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The Desires in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

- The first principle character in this play is Blanche DuBois. She is a neurotic nymphomaniac that is on her way to meet her younger sister Stella in the Elysian Fields. Blanche takes two 2 streetcars, one named Desire, the other Cemeteries to get to her little sisters dwelling. Blanche, Stella and Stanley all desire something in this drama. Blanche desired a world without pain, without suffering, in order to stop the mental distress that she had already obtained. She desires a fairy tale story about a rich man coming and sweeping her off her feet and they ride away on a beautiful oceanic voyage....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Woman in Alice Walker's The Color Purple and the woman in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire

- The woman in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and the woman in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire both struggle with discrimination. Celie, a passive young woman, finds herself in mistreatment and isolation, leading to emotional numbness, in addition to a society in which females are deemed second-rate furthermore subservient to the males surrounding them. Like Celie, Blanche DuBois, a desperate woman, who finds herself dependent on men, is also caught in a battle between survival and sexism during the transformation from the old to the new coming South....   [tags: compare and contrast, literary analysis]

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Eugne O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings and Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire

- The white women in Eugene O’Neill’s play All God’s Chillun Got Wings and The older sister in Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire both struggle mentally with reality and fantasy. Ella Downey, a desperately unstable, racially aware woman, struggles to overcome her insecurities, and is mentally torn between reality and fantasy. Like Ella, Blanche Dubois, a disillusioned woman, finds herself struggling mentally; unable to overcome reality, refuses to accept things are what they are, retreats to the fantasies of her mind....   [tags: struggling between reality and fantasy]

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On the Triumph of Stanley by Means of Natural Selection: Survival of the Fittest in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tenessee Williams

- According to Charles Darwin, the father of the modern theory of evolution, “it is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” Based on the example set forth in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, the principle that adaptability is the key to survival holds true in modern society. Streetcar chronicles the bitter struggle for survival between Blanche Dubois, a sophisticated but fading southern beauty, and Stanley Kowalski, her brutish brother-in-law....   [tags: Change, Adaptation]

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How the Male Characters in ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Conform to their Society’s Concept of Masculinity

- Eugene August describes Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ as a profoundly male tragedy, one in which its protagonist is destroyed by a debilitating concept of masculinity . Masculinity is of course an ambiguous term and araises a gamut of views. Willy Loman, a failed salesman, embodies the deluded values and aspirations that could be said to originate from the American Dream, which infiltrates every aspect of his life. Whilst Willy is influenced by material and consumerist success, reflecting the play’s setting in the increasingly urbanized, cosmopolitan New York, Stanley Kowalski in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ defends imperilled masculinity in his less socially progressive community of Elysian...   [tags: male tragedy, masculinity, domestic violence]

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The Interrelationship of Characters and Themes in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

- The Interrelationship of Characters and Themes In Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire In Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire the characters represent two opposing themes. These themes are of illusion and reality. The two characters that demonstrate these themes are Blanche, and Stanley. Blanche represents the theme of Illusion, with her lies, and excuses. Stanley demonstrates the theme of reality with his straightforward vulgar ness. Tennessee Williams uses these characters effectively to demonstrate these themes, while also using music and background characters to reinforce one another....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Tennessee Williams' Use of Imagery and Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire

- Tennessee Williams' Use of Imagery and Symbolism in A Streetcar Named Desire Throughout the play symbolism is used to capture attention and to appeal to viewers' emotions. It is expressed through music, colour and imagery all of which help to heighten tension and reflect the atmosphere created by an impending force. The actions involved in the development of imagery and symbolism in the characters are, for example, Blanche's sitting, her whisky drinking, her jumping, etc, actions which show her nervous personality of a stressed woman....   [tags: Papers]

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The Tension Between Reality and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

- The Tension Between Reality and Fantasy in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth…" Scene IX Tennessee Williams dramatises the tension between reality and fantasy by Characterisation, Theatrical Devices, and by the use of Symbolism. Williams uses Blanche to represent fantasy; Blanche is a magical and romantic character....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Tennessee William’s Life and Streetcar Named Desire and Glass Menagerie

- Parallels in William’s Life and A Streetcar Named Desire and Glass Menagerie              Tennessee Williams is one of the greatest American playwrights. He was constantly shocking audiences with themes such as homosexuality, drug addictions, and rape. He broke free from taboos on such subjects, paving the way for future playwrights. He also was a very good writer. One of the things he is famous for is his dialogue, which is very poetic. Williams wrote about his life. The Glass Menagerie is a very autobiographical play....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's A Streetcar Name Desire

- Setting in all types of literature is a basic element that at a foundational level provides the reader with an atmosphere and physical place to position the characters. The setting in any dramatic work is an especially vital element since gives the players somewhere to bring to life the playwrights work. Furthermore, “The settings [the playwrights] describe are symbols that give the plays their meaning” (Barnet, Cain 210). Even a bare stage will contribute to the symbolism and theme presented on the stage....   [tags: Tragedy, Drama, Character, New Orleans]

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Women in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Women in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman The part of Stella and Linda are both archetypal female figures in that they follow the typical fictional role of the submissive wife and mother. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Stella DuBois (renamed Mrs. Stanley Kowalski) supports and forgives her husband, defending him against any criticism. Likewise, in Death of a Salesman, Linda - the only female character with any import - is a meek, timid figure around her husband....   [tags: Tennessee William Arthur Miller Women Essays]

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams, Movie Version

- On the basis of what I thought of the play and in light of the filmic techniques we discussed in class my intellectual and emotional thoughts on the film where very different from the book. However I do not think that the film took away any authenticity and vibe from the book, it rather enhanced it especially in the aesthetic use. The film for me provided a different emotional view of the play. One of the biggest impacts that the film made for me was the characters. When I was reading the book I simulated the character Blanche as deceptive, shrilly and ultimately the antagonist of the play....   [tags: film analysis and review]

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Does The Film Do Justice?

- Does the Film Do Justice to the Play. The world today offers the viewer or reader many platforms or mediums in which to become a part of the vision created by an author. You may read something in print, and then be able to listen to it in an audio book, perhaps see it in a play format or in some cases have the opportunity to see a film representation. Different mediums, even though basically following the same storyline, will present the viewer with varying perspectives and interpretations of that storyline....   [tags: Character, Protagonist, Blanche DuBois]

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Commentary on Scene Eleven focusing on the speech in A Streetcar Named

- Commentary on Scene Eleven focusing on the speech in A Streetcar Named Desire Scene Eleven in A Streetcar Named Desire is significant. It depicts a concrete and clear view of Blanche's character and highlights the theme of death. It, most importantly, generates the audience's sympathy which is not depicted in the first part of the play. The scene takes place a few weeks after the rape. This is indicated in the stage directions: "it is some weeks later." The setting which is presented in the scene is typical in that poker is being played by Stanley and his friends while Stella and Eunice are conversing; however, the mood is tense and discreet....   [tags: English Literature]

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A Streetcar Named Desire

- "Ho-ho. There's nothing to be scared of. They're crazy about each other." said Mitch. Isn't it true the relationship between Stella and Stanley is praiseworthy, since it combines sexual attraction with compassion for the purpose of procreation. Isn't it true that as opposed to Stanley's normalcy in marriage, Blanche's dalliance in sexual perversion and overt efforts to break up Stanley and Stella's marriage is reprehensible. Isn't it true that Stella's faulty socialization resulting in signs of hysteria throughout the play meant that she probably would have ended her life in a mental hospital no matter whether the rape had occurred or not....   [tags: World Literature]

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Reality Is The State Of Things

- Reality is the state of things as they exist. It 's what you hear, see and experience. The idea of illusion/fantasy vs. reality seems to bring on the idea that these characters wants to somehow "escape" the world they live in. Williams achieves this juxtaposition of reality against illusion through his use of language, stage directions in the play and other dramatic techniques to emphasize Blanche 's mental state. She is purposeful in her attempts to create illusion and states, “I know I fib a good deal....   [tags: Truth, Reality, Blanche DuBois, Drinking culture]

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Analysis Of Tennessee William 's Life

- Tennessee William was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. William describes his childhood as happy and carefree. He loss this sense of wellbeing when his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Here he channeled his energy into writing because he was passionate with his work. His sister diagnosed with schizophrenia, he followed and visited her often. After, many attempts at having relationships with woman, William accepted his homosexuality. As he progressed through his life, he battled depression and became more dependent on alcohol and drugs....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski]

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Masculinity and Superiority in The Great Gasby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Awakening by Kate Chopin and A Car Named Desire by Tennessee William

- The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal. According to the United States Census Bureau in 2012, women earned approximately 77 cents for every dollar that a man made (Bassett 2013). Since its independence, all of America’s leaders have been male. What do all of these statements have in common. Male superiority. Since its foundation, the United States of America has been a male dominated society. Masculinity and male superiority have been demonstrated in various aspects of this nation’s culture....   [tags: culture, literature and history]

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Women and Desire: the Unwillingness of Society to Permit Desire in Women

- Fulfillment of desire has always been a popular theme in novels, plays and short stories because it has been undeniable and problematic in women throughout history. Novels such as The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, as well as plays like A Streetcar Named Desire and "Portrait of a Madonna," by Tennessee Williams, often show what society would ensure happened to these women if they were ever to follow through and try to fulfill their desires, be them sexual desires or otherwise. According to this novels and plays, women that strive to fulfill their desires eventually come to a tragic end because the society cannot permit a woman to liberate herself from the stigma of the repressed desire without a...   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Man vs. Woman in A Streetcar Named Desire

- During the time period Tennessee Williams, author of the play A Streetcar Named Desire, lived in, men were typically portrayed as leaders of the household. Through Williams' usage of dialogue, specific descriptions of each characters, as well as sound, he illustrates to readers of today's society how differently a man and woman coexisted in the mid-1900s, compared to today. Through the eyes of a topical/historical theorist, who stresses the relationships between the story and the time period it takes place, the distinction between today's society and that of five decades past, can be observed with depth and precision....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire]

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Hiding from Reality

- Why do people want to live in a perfect world. Everyone wants to live in their own fantasy world because that is where all their dreams are able to come true. No one wants a world of grief and sorrow. Life should be lived to its fullest. It should not be wasted. It should be embraced. When we are faced with agony, we must either make a choice between accepting it or hiding from it. In the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, the author mainly focuses on Blanche Dubois, a woman who moved to her sister’s house due to the loss of Belle Reve, her family home....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Blanche Dubois]

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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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A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- From amateur theatre to professional broadway and in movies, A Streetcar Named Desire has been performed throughout all types of production. For several people, A Streetcar Name Desire will always be considered close to their hearts due to a single production in particular that struck them deeply. However, the image individuals visualize while reading the script version of a play can differ greatly in comparison to a live or filmed production. Thus, the following will be a personal interpretation of how Benedict Andrews’s 2014 production changed or portrayed the meaning of the original written script of Tennessee Williams 's A Streetcar Named Desire differently than perhaps how readers may h...   [tags: Working class, Social class, Meaning of life]

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A Streetcar Name Desire

- In life you meet various people from all walks of life. In Tennesse Williams play A Streetcar Name Desire, we peep into the characters lives as they have different types of relationships through- out the play. As we notice the characteristics of Man, Women, Society, Alchoholism, Violence, and Sexuality. The contrast amongst today population and things that happened so many years ago can be examined with depth and certainty. To begin with, Blanche Dubois is one of the fascinating characters of the play....   [tags: Character Analysis, Blanche Dubois]

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A Street Car Named Desire by Tennesse William

- Tennessee William’s, A Street Car Named Desire, presents us with Blanche Dubois, a former high school English Teacher and proprietor of her family’s home the Belle Reve. Blanche is an agent of her destruction, which causes her continuous misfortune, and leads her to an emotional collapse and her incarceration in a mental institution. This is manifested through her numerous lies, alcoholism, desire to look young and sexual tendencies. Blanche’s destruction begins during her career as a high school English teacher....   [tags: blanche dubois, belle reve]

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A Street Car Named Desire By Tennessee Williams

- A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is an iconic playwright throughout American Literature history. The play has many meanings to it, but the one meaning that stood out most and played an affect on the end of the play would be the treatment the two characters gave each other. The two characters are Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski. Stanley’s treatment of Blanche throughout the play leads to her steady decline into madness. Blanche in the play arrives at her sister’s house and her sister introduces her to Stanley....   [tags: Blanche DuBois, Stanley Kowalski, Stella Kowalski]

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The Recurring Theme of Conflict in Relationships Throughout Much Ado About Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire

- The writers of Much Ado about Nothing, Wuthering Heights, and A Streetcar Named Desire all incorporate conflict in relationships as reoccurring theme in their texts. There are a number of different forms of relationships in the texts such as marital, romantic and family relationships and they are all presented with complexity by the authors as their opinions on the subject matter will be influenced differently due to the era they live in and their personal experiences. For example, in Much Ado about Nothing marriage is a means of creating a happy ending which is typical in Shakespearean plays but it is also a means of social advancement similarly to Wuthering Heights where couples married to...   [tags: marriage, parents, abandonment]

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Right and Wrong in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams

- Morality, defined as the “beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior,”(“Morality”) is the substructure of our integrity and the column of virtuousness. The opposite of this, immorality, is the corruption of one’s being, becoming more wicked in nature. With morals, a person is held to a certain set of standards and demeanor, but if these morals were to become corrupted, a person’s moral boundaries would crumble, leaving the person vulnerable to misguiding influences and allowing for a certain barbarous freedom to uproot the integrity and virtuousness a moral person upholds....   [tags: morality, immorality, corruption]

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A Comparison of Gender-Roles in A Doll's House and A Streetcar named Desire

- Gender-Roles in A Doll's House and A Streetcar named Desire    The roles of males and females in our society are subjects that entail great criticism, and have been under scrutiny for as long as a `society' has existed. In analyzing A Doll's House by Henrick Ibsen and A Streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams, the effects that gender-roles have on relationships is an evident aspect in both of the plays. The choice of words used by the authors strongly underscores the themes of supremacy, selfishness, inequality, and unmistakably, the roles of men and women in society....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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