Tennessee Williams wrote “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Williams, 1947) It is based in New Orleans a new cosmopolitan city which is poor but has raffish charm. The past is representing old south in America 1900’s and present is representing new America post world war 2 in 1940’s. Past and present are intertwined throughout the play in the characters Stanley, Blanche, Stella and mitch. Gender roles show that males are the dominant and rule the house which Stanley is prime example as he brings home food and we learn of one time when he got cross and he smashed the light bulbs. 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.
It would be an extensive and arduous 72 years until women were ultimately given the right to vote, officially delineating women as more than just the property of their husbands. During these decades, writers used their power of mass influence in order to garner support for the suffrage movement. One such author was Kate Chopin, who wrote her novel The Awakening at the turn of 20th- century. Published in 1899, The Awakening was deemed so controversial that it was not widely published or read until the mid-1900s. Within the novel, Chopin illustrates the plight of women across the country as the story follows Edna Pontellier, a young woman in New Orleans who struggles to find her own identity in a modern world where she is defined by those around her.
The word Belle Réve if we took it and used it in its original it would be wrong, because we say “beau réve”, so I think the word belle, which mean beauty describe Blanche more than the place, we call it this a Metaplasm: “a type of neologism in which a misspelling or grammatical error is used to emphasize a point.” In the play, it is obvious how Blanche is self-doubtful about her beauty and how much reassurance she needed from others to complement her look and her beauty. And she always freshens up her makeup before she meets people. And she also cared so much about luxurious clothes and jewels, and wherever she went she wore them. So a person like this need a castle to live in, and Blanche had one, but she drank it out. So I guess the loss of Belle Reve contributed to her
Today it is the seat of the Federal Government and visitors can get an amazing view of the city from its glass dome. Berlin’s signature attraction is the Brandenburg Gate, built in 1791. Pariser Platz was laid out at the foot of the gate and today
A Streetcar Named Desire is a story about a women with mental health issues, named Blanche Dubois. In the play, Blanche loses her family 's estate, and goes to stay with her sister Stella. Stella lives with her husband Stanley. From the start of the play, the audience begins to notice Blanche and Stanley’s contrasted personalities. Williams uses symbolism to allow his characters to represent something stronger than themselves.
‘Plath perceives the domestic life as restrictive and a complete obliteration of her own self-worth’. Using ideas of feminist theory from the critical anthology to inform your argument, to what extent do you agree with this view? As a female poet subject to 1960’s patriarchy, Plath’s domestic and professional claustrophobia were inevitable. Married to the successful poet, Ted Hughes, she was incessantly reminded of the artistic restraints assigned to equally talented females. Plath’s poetry, looking particularly at her ‘Collected Poems’, illustrates the consequential disorientation and loss of identity caused by such patriarchal dominance, demonstrating sentiments of disgust as she is forced to adopt certain gender stereotypes in ‘Morning Song’ (1961).
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
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).
Women in Hamlet "Frailty, Thy name is woman (1.2.150),” a quote from Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet conveys a message that characterizes the women as weak and subordinate to the men. In the Elizabethan Era women were often influenced by the men’s actions. Ophelia a young noblewomen and Gertrude the queen of Denmark are the only two women in the tragic play Hamlet, and both have little to no power. These limits are put on them due to what is socially acceptable for the era. The two main female characters in the play Hamlet, Gertrude and Ophelia, are portrayed as weak, vulnerable, and inferior, and are manipulated by the men, which ultimately leads to their demise.