Character Analysis Of Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire

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Tennessee Williams is one of The best American playwrights in modern American literature. “On 26th of March,1911, Thomas Lanier Williams was born to Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams .He would later be nicknamed” Tennessee”- a name that would stick.”(Peterson N.P) One of his famous plays A Streetcar Named Desire is studied in high schools all across America for how well it is written, heavy symbolism, and great character development. One character of this play A Streetcar Named Desire is Blanche Dubois. She enters the play looking for her sister because she has become broke and has nowhere else to turn. In the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Dubois is characterized as a liar that has not only sexual issues, but also with living in a fantasy world as well . In the play, Blanche Dubois has a problem with lying because she refuses to accept reality of what she has done, so becomes a major liar. At one part of the play, Blanche is speaking to Mitch and Mitch asks Blanche if Stella is her younger sister to which she replies with, “Yes,Stella is my precious little sister.I call her little in the spite of the fact she’s somewhat older than I. Just slightly, less than a year.” (Williams 54).She lies instead of correcting him and saying that she is actually older than Stella because she is insecure about how old she…show more content…
These characteristics of Blanche Dubois play a major part in her life as well as her downfall. Tennessee Williams uses subtle and major hints of her self destructive personality to desire sex , lie compulsively , and to live in a fantasy world rather than facing reality and live up to Her consequences. These key characteristics are what lead to her tragic downfall of being raped and mentally hospitalized . Tennessee Williams way to convey his characters in this manner is one of the reasons why he is one of the greatest American playwrights , and will be continued to be studied by high schools and in American
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