Dubois Essays

  • DuBois and Black Nationalism

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    DuBois and Black Nationalism The Epigraph:      “The colored people are coming to face the fact quite calmly that most white Americans do not like them, and are planning neither for their survival, nor their definite future”      W.E.B. DuBois “A Negro Nation within the Nation” The Premise:      Black Nationalism is a pragmatic solution for the success and survival of the oppressed African Americans. The Argument: Black Nationalism is defined by Karenga, as the political belief and practice of

  • William E.B. Dubois

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    William E.B. Dubois William Edward Burghardt DuBois was born in 1868, two years after slavery was abolished, in Great Barrington, MA. Born a free man in the North, during the dawn of the twentieth century, W.E.B. DuBois was able to receive an extensive education. Throughout his life he grew more and more cognizant of the politics, education, religion, and economics that shaped the American system and separated the peoples that lived there. Although he was granted the fortune of education and freedom

  • Blanche Dubois

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    The leading female protagonist, Blanche Dubois, serves as an allegory for the loss of the Old South, representing the genteel society of Southern plantation owners through the nineteenth century. The DuBois sisters serve as remnants of Southern aristocracy. After the loss of Belle Reve, all that remains are idealistic pretensions. It is these pretensions that Blanche uses as a foundation to construct a new reality for herself. In contrast the character of Stanley suggests that the reality of a changing

  • W.E.B. DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk

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    W.E.B. DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. DuBois, in The Souls of Black Folk describes the very poignant image of a veil between the blacks and the whites in his society. He constructs the concept of a double-consciousness, wherein a black person has two identities as two completely separate individuals, in order to demonstrate the fallacy of these opinions. J.S. Mill also describes a certain fallacy in his own freedom of thought, a general conception of individuals that allows them to accept

  • Blanche Dubois Monologue

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    just a face of that pleases the characters she is interacting with. In the 1951 movie adaptation of the play, under the direction of Elia Kazan, the costume design, as well as Vivien Leigh’s acting, highlight the many conflicting sides of Blanche DuBois. Blanche’s appearance is always important to her throughout the play. The mise-en-scene in the film, specifically the costuming,

  • Blanche Dubois Analysis

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    Miss Blanche Dubois came from a wealthy background and she always believed herself to be so high above others socially. She very much was conscious of herself physically and worried about what people thought of her. Moving to her sister’s place, she feels out of place and has to adapt to a new way of living if she plans on staying with her sister. The house is too small for her compared to Belle Reve. She criticizes her sister, the husband and everything else she sees wrong. She always seems nervous

  • Blanche Dubois Struggles

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    Streetcar Named Desire is a play about a fragile woman that comes and visits her sister and her new husband. She ran out of her own town because of her partners.The husband is not accepting of his wife’s sister and hassles her as much as he can. Blanche DuBois is Stella’s older sister, who was a high school English teacher in Laurel, Mississippi, until she was forced to leave her post. Blanche is a talkative and fragile woman around the age of thirty. After losing her childhood home, Blanche arrives in

  • Blanche Dubois Delusions

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    Streetcar Named Desire During Tennessee William's play, A Streetcar Named Desire, an old streetcar rattling down the French Quarter delivers perhaps one of the most unstable women to ever step into Louisiana. The white satin disaster is named Blanche Dubois, who is one of the focal characters in the play and in the play's themes. Blanche's actions are excellent proofs that delusion results in catastrophe. Blanche is not truthful on many topics, but her delusions relating to her age, relations, and financial

  • Blanche Dubois Moth

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    In the play A Street Car Named Desire, Tennessee Williams portrays Blanche Dubois as a flawed, fragile, and concealed moth. Charles Darwin, a well-known scientist, introduced the theory of “survival of the fittest” where certain genes within a living organism can help it survive longer and outlast other species. This theory is prominent throughout the play due to Blanche being described by the author as a moth. Moths have special attributes that help them survive. These attributes include a moth’s

  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Dubois

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    The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Dubois The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Dubois is a influential work in African American literature and is an American classic. In this book Dubois proposes that "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line." His concepts of life behind the veil of race and the resulting "double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others," have become touchstones for thinking about race in America. In addition

  • Blanche Dubois Character Analysis

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    Why Is Blanche Dubois Presented As a Sympathetic Character? ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ written by Tennessee Williams is set in the French Quarter of Elysian Fields, New Orleans. Blanche Dubois, a Southern Belle on a battle between illusion and reality is the tragic protagonist of Tennessee Williams' play, grew up on a plantation called Belle Reve (a French phrase meaning "beautiful dream"). Throughout her childhood and adolescent years, Blanche grew accustomed to refinement and wealth. As the estate's

  • Blanche Dubois Tragic Hero

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    As defined by Aristotle, a tragic hero is “a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction.” In Tennessee William's A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois is a prime example of a tragic heroine. Blanche’s entire life could be considered a tragic one, bearing in mind all that has happened before and after she is introduced. Her mental state is unstable from the beginning of the book as she suffers from mental illness throughout Streetcar. On multiple

  • Blanche Dubois False Reality

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    The False Reality of Blanche Dubois In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams it exaggerates the contrast between the traditional southern lifestyle and the new industrialized southern lifestyle. Traditionalists like Blanche Dubois are unable to adapt to the changes that have occurred. As a coping method, Blanche lies to those around her to deal with the loss of her youthfulness, her husband and the family home, Belle Reve. During the play Blanche mirrors Belle Reve through the

  • W.E.B. DuBois and the Fight for African-American Equality

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    W.E.B. DuBois and the Fight for African-American Equality African-Americans in the 1920’s lived in a period of tension. No longer slaves, they were still not looked upon as equals by whites. However, movements such as the Harlem renaissance, as well as several African-American leaders who rose to power during this period, sought to bring the race to new heights. One of these leaders was W.E.B. DuBois, who believed that education was the solution to the race problem. The beliefs of W.E.B. DuBois

  • Blanche Dubois Allusion Analysis

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    In the play A Streetcar Named Desire author Tennessee Williams writes about Blanche DuBois, a woman who is seeking help from her older sister Stella Kowalski. Blanche comes to stay with Stella and her husband Stanley after finding out that Blanche and Stella’s childhood home had been taken from under them. The play goes on to show the dramatic downfall of what is Blanche DuBois. Throughout the play we see her slowly break down till finally she is pushed over the edge. William's uses a great deal

  • Character Analysis: Blanche Dubois

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    Mexico. One of William’s most intriguing plays is Streetcar named Desire. Streetcar was produced around 1947. The “setting of Streetcar” is a combination of raw realism and deliberate fantasy” (Riddel 16). The main character of the play is Ms. Blanche Dubois, a widowed, middle age, “southern bell” hiding from her own reality. Stella, Blanche’s younger sister is married to an animal, Stanley Kowalski. Mitch, Stanley’s friend, is Blanche’s last chance at happiness that she will never reach. According to

  • Blanche Dubois Research Paper

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    society’s oppressive gender norms in the late 1940s. The time period was the pinnacle of gender (George). Patriarchal post-war American society valued women mostly on their youth and beauty and restricted female sexuality. The character of Blanche Dubois demonstrates a woman reduced to youth and beauty. The main reason for Blanche’s concern over her looks is because she is 30 years old. A woman was expected to marry and have children as soon as possible during this time. Blanche is older and does

  • How Is Blanche Dubois Pretense

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    class, he drew suspicion by the other characters such as Tom, who claimed that he would be investigating Gatsby and his affairs which ultimately led him to his death by Wilson. In a similar way, the protagonist in A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois, also represented herself with a pretense. In Blanche’s case, she portrayed herself as a higher class citizen when in reality, she was just as equal as the lower class. Blanche would judge her sister’s choice of living, men and friends as they did

  • How Is Blanche Dubois A Dynamic

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    Blanche Dubois is a dynamic character that at first, is very difficult to figure out. She hides behind confusing stories and lies to protect herself from her traumatic past. In the begin of the play William’s leaves multiple clues to Blanche’s lying nature. She tells a strange tale of Bella Rev and challenges Stanley every chance she gets. She has many odd actions however I believe that these action, particularly her interactions with the newspaper boy and her fear of the light have a deeper meaning

  • Blanche Dubois Monologue Analysis

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    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