In light of her efforts to forget and shed her illicit past in the new community of New Orleans, these baths represented her efforts to cleanse herself of her odious history. It was very hard for her to abolish the past, her bathing was never done. After beating Stella, Stanley used showers to get cool down. The shower relieved violent temperament; afterward, he left bathroom feeling relax and called out longingly for his
Summary of the Opening Scene A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is in New Orleans just after the second world war and focuses on three central characters: Blanche Dubois, her sister Stella & Stanley Kowalski. These three characters are very different. Stella is Blanche’s sister & Stanley’s wife & so she serves to link them. TW creates a very distinctive setting for the play in the opening scene. He is mainly focused in the relationship between Stellas sister, Blanche and the environment of the raffish charm city, New Orleans.
Williams’ major female character in A Streetcar Named Desire is Blanche. Blanche is an aging Southern beautiful woman who lives in a state of permanent panic about her fading beauty. Blanche is fatally divided, swinging between the desire to be a young, beautiful lady who concerned with old-fashioned southern ways and a bohemian erring excessive in her appetites. In New Orleans, Blanche hides her real age and vicious past as she tries to attract an appropriate husband to clean up her life (Abbotson50).The loss of security has sent Blanche on a desperate search for protection: “I’ve run for protection Stella, from under one leaky roof to another leaky roof –because it was storm –all storm, and i was caught in the center” (v.114).
A Daily Joy to Be A Streetcar Named Desire Our identities can be limited by our past experiences. A Streetcar Named Desire is a southern gothic play by Tennessee Williams and “A Daily Joy to Be Alive” by Jimmy Santiago Baca has a dark but hopeful mood. A Streetcar Named Desire follows Blanche Dubois as she attempts to reinvent a new identity for herself when moves in with her sister and her husband, but she ends up making trouble for everyone down in New Orleans. “A Daily Joy to Be Alive” discusses the importance to persevere in life .Blanche, Stella and the Speaker in “A Daily Joy to Be Alive” identities have been shaped through their past experiences and effect who they are today. Individuals are free to shape their own identities through familiarity, environments, and relationships as shown in A Streetcar Named Desire and “A Daily Joy to Be Alive”.
Blanche’s personality makes her live in the past acting as a “southern belle” and believing millionaire Shep Huntleigh will marry her unfortunately for Blanche living in the past meant she ended up in a state institution. Stella is a good example of past and present intertwined as he past was living in Belle Reive a plantation as a “southern belle” and now her present is in New Orleans and married to a husband who abusive. The character of Mitch a hard worker whom looks after his ill mother seems to the reader as a decent person with past and present intertwined personality he is respectful at the start to win Blanche
She is so deluded from the fact that all her encounters with the people she calls kind strangers, were instances where they have taken advantage of her. In those last words spoken by Blanche before she leave, she reveals her madness as she is now in an illusion depending on the kindness of the doctor and no longer acknowledging Stella. At the aftermath, she is still eluded by the fact that strangers take advantage of her Mitch, Stanley and even her husband. The climax of Blanche's madness is when she confronted by itch about her lies and she stated that she "never lied inside[....never lied] in [her] heart..."(147). Which means she believes all the stories and tales she told were solely the truth.
The Bell Jar While New York City is a city of hopes, dreams, fame, shining lights, and parties, Sylvia Plath, the author of The Bell Jar, explains that is not the case for her main character, Esther. Plath replaces the glamour of New York City with isolation; therefore, the title is a direct representation of Esther’s mental suffocation. Esther also demonstrates the difficulty of a teenage girl attempting to chase her dreams, but ultimately gets confused and emotional about what she wants to do with her life. Conclusively, Esther becomes more isolated as time progresses, and she refuses to get assistance from a physician. Later she attempts to end her life, due to her isolation, denial, and intellectualization.
This extract is taken from Scene 9 of A Streetcar Named Desire and this scene begins with Blanche listening to the “Varsouviana”, and it abruptly ends when Mitch arrives. He is visibly drunk and walks right past her into the house. Blanche then begins asking about his mother but quickly changes the subject and the “Varsouviana” begins playing again, and Blanche tries to explain to Mitch the significance of the gunshot sound, but he ignores her. In this extract however, we see Mitch, confronting Blanche about her lies and life in Laurel. Throughout the extract the theme of reality vs fantasy is very present as Blanche considered Mitch to be her fairy tale ending and her prince charming but in this extract that all ends.
While most people presumably would try to calm their nerves with reassuring or soothing words, Blanche turns to the half-hidden whiskey bottle. As described in the play, Blanche “pours a half tumbler of whiskey and tosses it down. She carefully replaces the bottle and washes out the tumbler at the sink. Then she resumes her seat in front of the table” (18). Not
In the play A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams we see a ‘southern belle’ named Blanche try to fit into her sister’s household where her sister, Stella, is a very submissive wife to her archetype husband, Stanley. The conflict between Blanche and Stanley shows us how gender roles were applied in 1940 and the outcome to when you don’t conform to your role. In the 1940’s, a man could not be more powerful, especially in the US’s patriarchal society. In the play Stanley is an archetype man who gets to do what he please to his wife. He gives his wife, Stella, regular “whacks of his hand on her thigh” to assert his dominance over her.