In conclusion, “A streetcar named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, uses characterization of the main characters to convey theme of the desire and how it can influence and change someone’s personality. Because of the situations and arguments the characters get in, Williams is able show how desperate the characters are to get what they want. Stanley was willing to put his wife and his baby’s lives at risk, only to prove that he was the man of the house. Blanche ruined her chance of getting married because her promiscuous past caught up with her. Tennessee Williams uses his upbringing to show the theme of male versus female in many of his plays and it especially shows in “A streetcar named Desire”.
The play “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams is a story of taboos from the 1950’s. The story begins with the arrival of a young southern belle named Blanche DuBois at the house of her sister in New Orleans. As the play continues deceit, romance, and conflict follow Blanche and her sister Stella. The addition of Stella’s husband Stanley, Tennessee Williams creates an catalyst to the taboos he desires for his story.In the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” Tennessee Williams shows the inevitability of change through the symbols of sex, alcohol, and appearances. “A Streetcar Named Desire” addresses changes inevitability through the alteration of appearances.Blanche speaks to Stanley about the loss of Belle Reve and within their conversation
As Tish Dace writes in A Street Car Named Desire, “Streetcar’s original producer, Irene Selznick, as a woman, may have been touched by the power of double standard to dictate that Blanche’s father and grandfather could indulge in ‘epic fornications’ and Stanley could be admired for his sexual prowess, but a woman of Blanche’s class, once she has slipped off her pedestal, is fair target for rape” (Dace). Blanche’s promiscuity is the reason Mitch will not marry her and it is the reason she is banned from her hometown, while Stanley, guilty of the same crime, is not punished at all but admired for
Spanier writes about Catherine's need to fulfill her desires when she says that “we begin to understand what must have been taking place in her mind when she made Frederic pronounce the words she wished so desperately from her dead lover” (Spanier). Spanier’s criticism shows how Catherine all along had just been using Frederic as a character in her fantasy to play her dead husband. The juxtaposition of “dead lover” and “stranger” shows how Frederic means nothing to her, she only looks at him not for what he is but for what he is not. She sees her dead husband in him, not Frederic Henry. Catherine has produced this devious plan and created a fantasy that she can live in to fulfill her desires, while Frederic thinks it is real
The play begins as character Blanche Dubois arrives to her destination after getting off a streetcar named Cemeteries. She went to visit her baby sister, Stella, to inform her of the loss of their home plantation. Also, she had no other place to go, so visiting with Stella meant she had a home. When Stella arrives home, Blanche starts talking and Stella never gets the chance to speak. In the beginning, Blanche
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.
Nora remains one of the most striking dramatic depictions of the late –nineteenth century women..The play gradually builds a climax when Nora rejects smothering marriage and life in a ‘doll’s house’. With the intention to liberate herself from social construction she slams the door in the end and leaves. Ibsen crafted the modern play by capturing the meaning behind modernism. He gives his audience a conventional middle-class household and lets his character Nora become the basic modernist. Modernism had to grow over a period of time, one event leading to another, until society realized what freedom is.
Mariane loses any hope of marrying her beloved, Valère, and believes “Despair shall be my counsellor and friend, and help me bring my sorrows to an end.” (59). Mariane also gets into an argument with Valère. Other conflicts include Orgon disowning his son, Damis, because Damis tries to expose Tartuffe, and Dorine challenging Orgon. The members of Orgon’s household believe that Orgon is a fool for trusting Tartuffe, as he is driving their family
The presentation by Janna, Ashley, Joey, and Amber described the effects of Romanticism through their powerpoint and role play game. Through Emma’s early life, marriage, and affairs, Flaubert criticizes Romanticism. These ideals just created an illusion for Emma about what life should be like, constantly making her unhappy, restless, and bored. The book was seen as obscene because the content truly exposed the consequences of vice and adultery. To Emma, her affairs seemed like the perfect way to escape from her mediocre life and mundane marriage.
Blanches personal opinion of her real self as opposed to how she would like to be has been increasingly blurred over the years! It becomes a challenge to find the solution to Blanche 's misery but perhaps the incidents of her trauma lie from within in her early marriage! She was haunted because she could not help or understand her young and troubled husband and because of this she has tortured herself for it ever since! Blanche’s idea to lose herself from the acts of ‘’kind strangers’’ might also be understood from a period in which her sense of confidence in her own female attraction was questioned by the knowledge of her husband 's homosexuality! "Whoever you are - I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."