In Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois measures her family’s successes and failures against a standard that she believes reflects the social values of the Old South as practiced at Belle Reve, her lost plantation. She uses her reminiscences and behaviors to construct herself -- to other characters and to the audience -- as a Southern Belle: a representative of a group of highborn women from the antebellum South. As the play unfolds, however, it becomes clear not only that Blanche cannot live up to the Southern Belles code, but also that her ideas of the Old South are as illusory as the other self-deceptions to which she is subject. Confronted by the harsh reality of post-war America, Blanche finds comfort in escapism, traditionalism and illusions represented by the facades behind which she hides her true self. An aging Southern belle, Blanche Dubois rejects the truth that the reality presents to her, protecting herself with illusions and deceptive characterizations.
The customers of the A&P, consisting largely of old housewives and husbands, do not show acceptance of Queenie’s views; they would rather conform to social norms. As such, they avoid her, as if they fear her views will spread like a disease. Never taught to think for themselves, these people would rather avoid such change, and continue living their lives in mindless obedience of the social norm. They are unable to accept Queenie or the other two girls, merely because they are “unique in all aspects of their beings: walking, down the aisles, against the grain, going barefoot and in swimsuits, against the properly attired clientele” (“An Analysis of John Updike’s A&P”). Because the girls,
A Streetcar Named Desire is about a middle aged woman named Blanche DuBois from a small town in Mississippi. After taking a break from teaching, Blanche decides to stay with her sister and husband, Stella and Stanley Kowalski. They in a small apartment in New Orleans. Throughout the play, Blanche and Stanley have constant conflict which adds to Stella and Stanley’s already terrible relationship. Blanche has a very flirtatious personality that causes problems between Stanley and his friends.
It is evident that the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour” represent the authors’ personal lives and oppression in women. Evidence suggests that Gilman based “The Yellow Wallpaper” off her own life. In 1884, Gilman happily married Charles Walter Stetson but soon became distant and depressed. Stetson was very overprotective and affectionate which caused her depression to severely worsen, and ultimately caused their marriage to end. As Carl N. Deglar states in his article, “Her illness became more severe, however, and ended in a total nervous collapse” (39-42).
She has no respect for her husband and doesn’t show any concern for him. It is further proof that they do not have a true relationship. However, it goes both ways as Curley doesn’t trust his wife at all. He automatically assumes that she is making romantic advances on Slim when he can’t find her around the ranch (pg 54, p6). Without even thinking twice about it, Curley believes the worst of his wife and that she has no devotion at all.
Stella is demonstrated to live her life consumed with illusion until the final scene of the play where, as Blanche is taken away and loses her mental stability, Stella realises the problems that she may have caused by not defending Blanche from Stanley, as she is blinded by her own illusions of her relationship Stanley. Stella lives in denial of her abusive relationship with Stanley by creating excuses and illusions that everything is fine. This is evidenced when Stella says “You’re making too much fuss”, therefore it is obvious that Stella is used to the abuse she receives from Stanley and shows to Blanche that it is a regular thing that would happen to women in New Orleans, however she creates the illusion that it is okay or that it does not happen, as she dismisses giving any information on it. This could be a portrayal of her Southern Belle
Niña was having a bad day, if being groped in a convenience store by an entitled white man and having your friend ask you if you “asked for it” can be called as one. What frustrated her the most was that some people still believed in the sick fetishization of the “Submissive Asian Woman” and were surprised to see her stand up for herself. No one ever defended her when perverted men were harassing her. These did not happen very often, but when they did, they usually left Niña feeling angry and hopeless. She felt tremendous rage at how women were constantly objectified by a racist patriarchal society and hopeless at a change ever occurring.
Mrs. Hale, as the protagonist in this play, is Mrs. Wright’s main defender and champion. There is a profound sadness throughout this play. With this portion, we can feel the already established theme of sadness, isolation, and long standing depravation of friendship and love experienced by Minnie Foster since she became Mrs. Wright. The author uses imagery to show how she has changed over time “She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively . .
In Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, there are extreme themes of sexual desire and eroticism. This is especially apparent in the characterization of Blanche DuBois, a pretentious upper class southern belle with strong erotic tendencies and an ostentatious personality. Coming from a rich life to having no money and no one to love has caused a complete shift in her personality. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois’ overt sexual desires, inability to accept reality, and unwillingness to let go of the past leads to her ultimate undoing. Blanche DuBois first came to New Orleans to stay with her sister Stella Kowalski.
Character Analysis of Blanche DuBois One of the main characters in a play by Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire is Blanche DuBois. Blanche is a victim of her upbringing and the changing times she lives in. She was born to aristocratic family and raised to be taken care of. This romantic, art, music and poetry loving soul is unprepared for the world she lives in and she is deeply affected by all the tragedies in her life. She is a tragic character, who is unable to exist in the world which surrounds her so she makes up a better world in her imagination.