Paper Lantern representing Manipulation- Blanche avoids bright lighting to avoid showing her wrinkles since he believes that she’s “past her prime”. As a result, she utilizes a paper lantern to shield the bright light in Stanley and Stella’s apartment. When she places the lantern over the light, she develops the illusion that she is young by hiding her wrinkles, making her feel like she 's more desirable. Alongside her wrinkles, Blanche is also using the light to symbolically hide her herself and her past.
Form his drama is the imitation of the individual search for a way to restore a crushed universe. Quoting Hart Crane he rightly says on the frontpiece of A Street Car Named Desire : And so it was I entered the broken world To trace the visionary company of love, its voice An instant in the wind [I know not whither hurled]
Blanche uses a paper lantern to block out the strong light in the Kowalski’s hallway of their apartment. She is getting older and doesn’t want anyone to see, particularly Mitch, that she’s no longer young. Blanche states “I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action” (Williams 60). Blanche’s reaction to light shows an attempt to hide her vanishing beauty and youth, rather than accepting the reality that she is no longer young and innocent. Blanche sees Mitch as a future husband, and doesn’t want him to know about her past or her real age.
Symbolism Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper One might know that Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” uses the wallpaper in the main character’s room as a symbol for a bigger underlying meaning. This is a short story about a young women diagnosed of depression and “a slight hysterical tendency”. In hopes of healing the narrator, her husband moves them into an old, ornate home for the summer and required her to refrain from any activity to calm her mind. However, instead of getting better, the narrator goes into a deeper level of madness. This madness is caused by her obsession over what she believes is animate patterns and a trapped women in a peeling, aged wallpaper in her room.
The reference to Woolf is probably aimed at evoking the darkness and chaos, hidden behind seemingly stable relationships as depicted by Woolf in her novels and Albee also wants to convey that there are always different versions of reality. Albee’s jingle is significant in each character’s life and portrays the deep fear that each of them has in confronting the harsh realities in their lives. Honey, the seemingly devoted wife of Nick, is one such character that is terrified of
Curley’s wife is portrayed to be a “tart”, someone who is always flirting with other people. When she is first introduced, Steinbeck writes “ The rectangle of sunshine in the doorway was cut off”, which gives the impression that Curley’s wife is ominous and perilous for Lennie and George. The imagery implies that Curley’s wife is the darkness in their lives and that she is the obstacle in the journey of accomplishing the American Dream. During the climax of Steinbeck’s novella, he writes “ The light was growing soft now” represents the slow release of her soul and that darkness slowly filling the barn and their lives. It also indicates the gradual discharge of hope and belief from the minds of Lennie, George and Candy.
That’s a fact!” (Williams…) She refuses to reveal her age, and it is evident that she stays away from light to avoid others seeing her losing her beauty and her age. Blanche’s inner conflict gave the play an unforgettable conclusion. She “[doesn’t] tell the truth, [but instead]
The death of her relatives causes a downward spiral in Blanche’s financial situation. Her mannerisms show a woman trapped in the lifestyle of fortune, one she refuses to leave behind even after the money has been lost. The loss of Belle Reve is devastating to Blanche and is one reason she spins out of control. As Susan Hawthorne described in her analysis of A Streetcar Named Desire, “She hangs on to what vestiges of gentility she can, but this serves only to alienate rather than to shield her. Tender and delicate, like the moth she resembles, Blanche is unable to survive in the harsh reality of modern society”
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
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.
It becomes hard to recognize her as the story progresses, sleepwalking through the castle and constantly rubbing her hands as she attempts to remove the innocent blood shed on her hands driven by her guilt-ridden mind. Lady Macbeth is unable to surpass the evil she has set on herself and in the end; the guilt she prayed against became her worst enemies. She was beyond repair and it lead to her suicide. Furthermore, in the yellow wallpaper the protagonist becomes mentally ill for being locked in a room deprived of life. The majority of the story takes place in a room which only induces pain deep within herself evoking negative mental thoughts.
She believes it would be better to just pray and let the doctor try and save Betty. Once Hale does arrive at the scene and wants to start removing the Devil from the girls, Rebecca leaves because she doesn’t want to be in there to watch the children suffer. The other people in the room feel hatred towards her lack of moral support. Reverand Hale begins to question Abby, who denies everything.
Restricted in movement and stripped of her opinion by her husband, the narrator forms an obsession with the obscure background pattern that “skulks behind that silly and conspicuous front design” (80) on the wallpaper. As the dim shapes become more distinct, she ultimately deciphers the true figure to be a woman. This is a metaphor for the realization of her mental and physical entrapment as she proceeds into a state of insanity. The intensive need for helping the woman escape reflects the need for her own liberation. As the woman quickly flees upon her release, the narrator refuses to follow as she is so unaccustomed to the “green instead of yellow” (89).
Blanche seems unable to take responsibility for things and instead feels that she must push the blame onto others. There are some clues that suggest trouble, especially Blanches outburst towards Stella over the plantation making her seem somewhat unstable. I didn 't like how condescending Blanche seemed and
"How is madness used in both A Streetcar Named Desire and Blue Jasmine" Throughout the movie Blue Jasmine and the book Streetcar Named Desire, present many similarities and differences. Both the movie and the book highlights the use of madness from how both characters descended into madness due to their past deceptions, and deal with madness with the usage of intoxicants. On the other hand, a difference they share is that the madness leads to different outcomes. The main message behind Blue Jasmine and Streetcar is that deception leads to major repercussions, where madness is the ultimate consequence. ‘Let me tell you something, Jeanette, Jasmine, whatever it is you call yourself these days.