Blanche Du Bois Essay

775 words - 3 pages

The first principle character in this play is Blanche DuBois. She is a neurotic nymphomaniac that is on her way to meet her younger sister Stella in the Elysian Fields. Blanche takes two 2 streetcars, one named Desire, the other Cemeteries to get to her little sisters dwelling. Blanche, Stella and Stanley all desire something in this drama. Blanche desired a world without pain, without suffering, in order to stop the mental distress that she had already obtained. She desires a fairy tale story about a rich man coming and sweeping her off her feet and they ride away on a beautiful oceanic voyage. The most interesting part of Blanche is that through her unstable thinking she has come to believe the things she imagines. Her flashy sense of style and imagination hide the truly tragic story about her past. Blanche lost Belle Reve but, moreover, she lost the ones she loved in the battle. The horror lied not only in the many funerals but also in the silence and the constant mourning after. One cant imagine how it must feel to lose the ones they love and hold dear but to stay afterwards and mourn the loss of the many is unbearable. Blanche has had a streak of horrible luck. Her husband killing himself after she exposed her knowledge about his homosexuality, her advances on young men that led to her exile and finally her alcoholism that drew her life to pieces contemplated this sorrow that we could not help but feel for Blanche throughout the drama. Blanche's desire to escape from this situation is fulfilled when she is taken away to the insane asylum. There she will have peace when in the real world she only faced pain.Stella represents an important part in this drama by providing a contrast to how life can change people when they go down different paths. In Contrast to her sister, Stella is bound to love. Although she fell in love with a primitive, common man, she most definitely loves him. Stella desires only to make Stanley happy and live a beautiful life together. She wants to find peace between her sister and her husband yet instead she finds conflict afflicting her on both sides....

Find Another Essay On Blanche DuBois

The Character Blanche Dubois In A Streetcar Named Desire

1437 words - 6 pages In “A Streetcar Named Desire”, the main character Blanche Dubois, displays a behavior similar to that of paranoia. The question that needs to be answered is why. Blanche is a character that has turned to many factors to ease her mental pain. Blanch uses denial as a coping mechanism which eventually causes her to have fears of abandonment and pressure from past conflicts. Denial is one of the ways that has helped Blanche deal with her stress

The Madness of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

1780 words - 7 pages Tennessee Williams wrote about Blanche DuBois: 'She was a demonic character; the size of her feelings was too great for her to contain without the escape of madness.' Williams uses Blanche DuBois as a vehicle to explore several themes that interested him, one of these being madness. His own sister, Rose, was lobotomised in his absence and later institutionalised leading many critics to believe that the character of Blanche may have

Mental Disorders: Blanche DuBois and Fernie Mae Rosen Comparison

1205 words - 5 pages At first glance, the reader could not imagine a more incompatible and diverse pair than Blanche DuBois and Fernie Mae Rosen, two women from very contrasting backgrounds and racial standings. However, these two women share similar passions and mental disorders, showing both their vulnerability to the world and mutual personal energies. Both weave an alternate reality inside their psyches that deceive them into believing that life is not

Decline of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire

2076 words - 8 pages The Unnecessary Decline of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire             Upon reviewing the drama, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, it would appear that the character of Blanche DuBois is worthy of closer inspection.  With her previous occupation as a teacher of American literature and her former social status being that of a well-bred woman of the very traditional Old South, Blanche could be any human being

Slipping in the Quicksand: Guilt, Psychology, and the Fall of Blanche Dubois

2141 words - 9 pages The Greek tragedian Aeschylus once wrote that “a god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house,” and as the creator of A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams is no exception. The guilt of Blanche DuBois makes the emotional, tragic, and often extreme circumstances of the play possible. Williams creates Blanche’s vulnerabilities, including her dependence on others and her inability to face reality, so that her

Character Analysis on Blanche Dubois in a Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

872 words - 3 pages I would like to analyze a tragic heroine Blanche DuBois appearing in a play A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) written by Tennessee Williams. My intention is to concentrate on the most significant features of her nature and behavior and also on various external aspects influencing her life of and resulting in her nervous breakdown. I would like to discuss many themes related to her life, such as loss, desire, longing for happiness, beauty and youth

Blanche Dubois -- How Hardship Affected Her -How did a character respond to hardship in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

1192 words - 5 pages Doctor Wayne W. Dyer, a popular self-empowerment author claims, "The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind." Blanche Dubois the protagonist in A Streetcar Named Desire is a perfect example of this quotation. Her life was full of tragedy and hardship. She dealt with these hardships in a destructive and negative manner, thus, causing her more hardship and tragedy. In the end, this vicious cycle eventually cost

"Streetcar named Desire" by Tennesse Williams

1017 words - 4 pages Going... Going... GoneThroughout the course of Tennessee William's play, A Streetcar Named Desire, the character Blanche DuBois goes from being slightly mentally disturbed, to, by the end of the play, utterly mentally destroyed. Blanche DuBois goes through several changes throughout the play; most of them concentrate upon her relationship with other characters. But also, Blanche suffers her own change, an ever-growing slide into outright mental

A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams

1203 words - 5 pages A Streetcar named Desire was written by Tennessee Williams, during the restless years following World War II. The play was based on the life of a woman named Blanche Dubois. Blanche was a fragile and neurotic woman, desperate for a place to call her own. She had been exiled from her hometown Laurel, Mississippi after seducing a seventeen year old boy. After this incident, she decided to move to New Orleans with her sister Stella. She claimed

Time And Adaption Of A Street Car Named Desire

595 words - 2 pages Time and Adaptation Theme The theme of time and adaptation is used in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire. This theme is used to describe the misfortune of the lead character, Blanche Dubois. Blanche clings to her past as the only source of real happiness in her life. She refuses to accept that things are changing, and she is not the woman she was ten years ago. Blanche looks down at her sister for accepting a life that is

A Streetcar Named Desire

1279 words - 6 pages refine meaning. As when Blanche DuBois pointed herself out “ Like an Orchard in Spring” this is ironic. Blanche arrived by the two streetcars Cemeteries, and Desire. These names foreshadow the reiterate images of death and desire throughout the play. A Streetcar Named Desire shows how a family wants to be elsewhere then where they are. They want a fresh start, the idea is to get away to a different life. The name of the

Similar Essays

Blanche Du Bois In A Streetcar Named Desire

1315 words - 5 pages While watching A Streetcar named Desire, the character of Blanche Dubois at first appeared to be a weak self-absorbed southern woman, when really what started coming from her character was a flawed personality. What is not known is whether this is something that runs in the family, or has only shown itself through Blanche. Since this was during a time when mental illness was not yet studied deeply, the way Blanche is treated while

Blanche Dubois Essay

1089 words - 4 pages 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 institution. However hard as it may have been for Blanche to cope with these events, particularly the building up of tension with Stanley, she seems

The Tragic Blanche Du Bois In A Streetcar Named Desire

2088 words - 8 pages for popular success (Mood 43). “He [Williams] continued this study with Blanche Dubois of A Streetcar Named Desire (1947).” Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire is epitome of full-bodied male pulchritude and Williams’ most radiant symbol of virility. “In A Streetcar Named Desire the Southern gentlewoman, the last representative of a dying culture, is to delicate to with land the crudeness and decay surrounding her [Blanche Dubois]” (Mood 45

The Tragic Blanche Du Bois In A Streetcar Named Desire

2222 words - 9 pages “Tragic characters are “efficient” only in courting, suffering and encompassing their own destruction.” (Gassner 463). Fitting Gassner’s definition of a tragic character, Blanche DuBois in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire caustically leads herself to her own downfall. In the beginning of the play, Blanche DuBois, a “belle of the old South” (Krutch 40), finds herself at the footsteps of her sister and brother-in-law’s shabby