A Streetcar Named Desire Essay

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Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947; through his work, he was able to suggest the negative impact of a dying world, the old South. Williams uses his character, Blanche DuBois to depict values of the old South. Williams leads the reader through the death of the old South when Stanley, the protagonist, is conquering Blanche. Utilizing symbolism, the author is able to identify with the reader of this particular time in history by suggesting the crumbling of a genteel world in which manners and breeding meant everything to a successful life. The main character, Blanche DuBois, is a southern belle. Blanche has lived on a plantation, Belle Reve, her entire life. Following the demise of the family wealth and over time due to death??……………the plantation was lost for non-payment. Blanch is forced to relocate to New Orleans due to her history of loose behavior and sequential??? termination as a school teacher following a sordid affair with a young student. Blanche's pitiful new life of young men and liquor suggests just how far the Southern aristocracy had fallen by 1947, and Illustrates that the well-bred Southern belle was not prepared to deal with the poverty, loneliness, and new social standards created by the pace of city life. Blanche leaves Laurel and arrives in New Orleans to find her sister, Stella, married and living in a small apartment. Stella and Blanche are the only members of their family still living. After Metaphorically, this represents the domination by the North during the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution. long as the soul of the South refused to face reality, it had no future. Illusion may be a world of reality these southern belles are forced to live in, but this illusion can come from or grow more intense as a result of rape or conquest. Rape stood for ultimate domination and subordination. It is a symbol of

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