Blanche Dubois Essay

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Make Up Your OWN MindHave you ever been left out of the loop? Read on...Consider the following: you have no friends and your values have no place in modern society. This is one of the most common occurrences today, and can affect anyone. Being in this situation makes you an "outsider". This can be a lifestyle choice or be forced upon an individual.An outsider is now more commonly referred to as a 'loner'. As harsh as it may seem, there is some truth to the meaning. Not only do you have no friends; it is not possible to gain anything by venturing into society. I myself have felt this feeling, not being accepted by peer groups, and being picked on for being 'different'. But what is 'different'? Isn't everyone different?Everyone has different opinions, so it is very hard to give a truly universal definition to the term 'outsider'. By examining different characters from a variety of sources, we can gain a greater understanding of the outsider, and its relevance to today's society.One character who makes himself sound like he enjoys being an outsider is Holden Caulfield from 'Catcher in the Rye'. He has very few friends, he is on the verge on insanity and he believes in concepts that are too outlandish for society. One of these is the idea of being a 'catcher in the rye'. This idea suggests that children fall of a cliff symbolizing childhood into the dark abyss, adulthood. Holden wants to be the one who prevents them from doing so, thus preventing them from growing up. I believe this to one of the most unusual and insane prospects ever. Not only is it not possible, it is extremely short sighted. Holden does not see the big picture; he doesn't realise he cannot prevent children from maturing into adults.His views on 'phonies' demonstrate his wishes to remain as a child, rather than become an adult. A 'phony', as seen by Holden, is an adult who has geared their life towards earning money, class and achievement and in doing so, given up imagination and innocence. Holden enjoys living his own way, despite his values and morals being so remarkably different to normal people. Throughout the book he seems rather content on living his own way and not being influenced by others.Blanche Dubious, from "A Streetcar Named Desire," is one great example of a person who is forced to be an outsider due to their beliefs, their actions and most of all their lives. Before coming to her sister's place to stay, she had been occupied in an arrangement of promiscuous activities. This is what ultimately got her 'kicked out' of Laurel. Blanch believes in gallantry and the past to such an extent that it overcomes her way of thinking. The idea of gallantry dates back to medieval times and since that time, many things have changed. This shows that Blanche's ideas are rather out-dated, because in modern society, such beliefs are rare.The one event in the book that immediately shows Blanche to be an outsider is when she starts going insane, and is eventually taken away to a mental...

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