Blanche DuBois Essays

Sort By:

Blanche DuBois Essays

  • Good Essays

    Blanche Dubois Symbolism

    • 994 Words
    • 4 Pages

    named Blanche Dubois who is described as a southern bell. She is revealed to the readers as a complex person. Desperate need of attention, Blanche who is Stella’s older sister, arrives to visit Stella and her husband, Stanley, in New Orleans. As Stanley and Blanche are introduced, he acquires a dislike for Blanche. Through a careful analysis of Blanche in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, one may see how her character reveals symbolism and imagery to help convey the idea that Blanche is

    • 994 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Blanche Dubois Character Analysis Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, is a well written play with a diverse cast of characters. The characters Williams focuses on in the play most include Blanche Dubois, Stanley Kowalski, Stella Kowalski, and Mitch. The story is about a young woman, Blanche Dubois, who is in her early thirties. She takes the summer to move in with her sister and brother-in-law. At this point, Blanche attempts to gather her life to produce a better future. Blanche

    • 1041 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    woman, Blanche DuBois, who is very secretive about her past and does not expose her true intentions of coming to live with her younger sister Stella. As the play goes on Stanley, Stella’s husband, starts to dig into the dark past that terrorizes Blanche when they begin to have a conflict with each other. In Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Dubois

    • 1166 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Blanche Dubois Quotes

    • 1093 Words
    • 5 Pages

    shade cover to see Blanche under full light (scene nine, page 144). "MITCH: What it means is I’ve never had a real good look at you, Blanche. Let’s turn the light on here. BLANCHE: [fearfully]: Light? Which light? What for? MITCH: This one with the paper thing on it. [He tears the paper lantern off the light bulb. She utters a frightened gasp.] BLANCHE: What did you do that for? MITCH: So I can look at you good and plain!” (Williams 144). Motif Throughout the play, Blanche avoids light; she prefers

    • 1093 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    The character I chose to write about is Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. From the opening scene I was intrigued by her character and was compelled almost immediately to watching her story develop and to pay close attention to her erratic behavior. Five minutes into the film and you recognize Blanche displays a wide range of emotions, and those rather quickly. What was most fascinating to me was the lack of congruence Blanche possessed between her actual self and her ideal self, therefore

    • 1478 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Better Essays

    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 and she is deeply affected by all the tragedies in her life. She is a tragic character, who is unable to exist in the world which

    • 1307 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    especially apparent in the characterization of Blanche DuBois, a pretentious upper class southern belle with strong erotic tendencies and an ostentatious personality. Coming from a rich life to having no money and no one to love has caused a complete shift in her personality. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche DuBois’ overt sexual desires, inability to accept reality, and unwillingness to let go of the past leads to her ultimate undoing. Blanche DuBois first came to New Orleans to stay with her sister

    • 612 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    “Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams, Williams utilizes light to help characterize Blanche DuBois. She is presented as an individual who avoids reality, has sexual desires, and displays herself ostentatiously, but she is really an insecure tragic figure; she lies about her age and steers clear of things that will expose the truth. Williams uses light, in his play, as a motif to illustrate that Blanche does not only hide from the light to disguise her age, but by choice (very much) hide her

    • 340 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    A Character Analysis of Blanche Dubois in the Play “A Streetcar Named Desire” Blanche Dubois is the protagonist of one of Tennessee William’s most famous plays A Streetcar Named Desire. It was first performed on Broadway in 1947. It won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the careers of the playwright, director (Eliza Kazan), and several of the actors (Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter). Blanche Dubois is probably one of the dramatic characters who has called the attention of

    • 1205 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Better Essays

    Blanche DuBois appears in the first scene dressed in white, the symbol of purity and innocence. She is seen as a moth-like creature. She is delicate, refined, and sensitive. She is cultured and intelligent. She can't stand a vulgar remark or a vulgar action. She would never willingly hurt someone. She doesn't want realism; she prefers magic. She doesn't always tell the truth, but she tells "what ought to be truth." Yet she has lived a life that would make the most degenerate person seem timid. She

    • 1218 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Blanche Dubois Analysis

    • 769 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Searching for Love Blanche Dubois, a woman portrayed as not having the American Dream, life challenges leaves her searching desirability. Blanche, as a child, was known as being good hearted and smart; a Southern Belle. She married young later ending in tragedy. She later lost her house, her family, her career, and her dignity. She traveled to the only place she had left, her sister and brother-in-law. By the end of this paper, the reader will see how Blanche Dubois, desired the American Dream,

    • 769 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Tennessee Williams’ work, Streetcar Named Desire. In the play, protagonist Blanche DuBois, a disgraced southern belle living with her sister and brother-in-law, maintains a unique relationship with lighting. DuBois never allows herself to stay in anything that could be considered adequate lighting. She instead insists on remaining in partially light areas, even arranging her schedule in a way in which she can avoid all sunlight. DuBois’ complete refusal of being fully illuminated is a metaphor for the way

    • 837 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    frequently relies on her perception of herself as an object of male sexual desire. She always starts with flirting when she comes in contact with men. Blanche tells Stella that she and Stanley smoothed things over when she began to flirt with him, “I called him a little boy and laughed and flirted. Yes, I flirted with your husband.” (44) When Blanche meets Stanley’s poker-playing friends, she takes interest to Mitch and sees him as a possible choice for her to find companionship. She exploits Mitch’s

    • 774 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Named Desire is a wonderfully tragic story of the delusional Blanche DuBois, whose lies are unfolded and destroyed by the misogynist Stanley Kowalski. Throughout the play, Blanche frequently lies about her past, who she is, and what she’s done. Each lie she tells slowly unravels the next until she is caught, drowning in her own pathetic lies, forced to surrender to the malicious consequences dealt by Stanley. Similar to James Gatz, Blanche is obsessed with covering up her past actions, and creating

    • 778 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    self-centered, southern belle, Blanche DuBois who is exposed to the cruel reality that exists in New Orleans. Blanche, the deceptive picture of purity, is giving an unexpected visit to her sister, Stella, and brother in law, Stanley, who immediately demonstrate some doubts about her staying with them. Throughout the tragic story, Tennessee Williams develops Blanche as having a mental illness, escalated by the loss of family and her home and Stanley’s cruel treatment. Through Blanche DuBois’ prosperous background

    • 797 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, the main characters, Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski, share a great dislike and distrust towards one another, ultimately becoming the basis for the story’s conflict. Their common contemption stems from their contrasting personalities and backgrounds, their incompatibility of being able to function under the same environment, and inability to adapt to the situations they find themselves in. Although Blanche detests Stanley and the manner in which he behaves in

    • 783 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    A Street Car Named Desire is a tale of sex and desire. Blanche Dubois, the main character of the play, uses desire as a means of interacting with others. It is how she deals with the stimuli in her external environment. In the play, sex and desire are also destructive forces, becoming the sources of many arguments and tragedies. However, Blanche DuBois imagines herself to be a typical Southern belle and becomes overwhelmed with the openness about sex which has always been a taboo to speak of, despite

    • 1978 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    her true fate, Blanche Dubois set the main theme in, “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Constantly lying about her age, forcing her sexuality, and her inability to overcome reality are all attempts to make herself appear more desirable to young men. Ultimately, Blanche does these things because she believes that the opposite of death is desire and that is how she will stay alive. Almost demanding to be desirable, she ultimately created her own spiritual death. Throughout the play, Blanche argues with her

    • 1002 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    accurate for one of Tennessee William’s main characters in the play, Blanche Dubois, sister of Stella Kowalski. Blanche Dubois is a character who at the end leads herself to her own downfall, along with the influence of her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, who perpetuates her demise. By Tennessee Williams creating a complex web of conflicting emotions, it creates tension between these characters (Blanche and Stanley). Blanche draws in our attentions with her sincere and delicate personality, which

    • 950 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    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

    • 733 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays