Act I is very important to set the play and the situation. The play starts with a quarrel between Bullingbrook and Mowbray. Richard is the king and controls the situation, although we already see a bit of hollowness in his character. "We were not born to sue, but to command". The authority of his office sustains his words, but in a way he is still scared of not being listened.
Stanley, a practical man firmly grounded in the physical world, disdains Blanche’s fabrications and does everything he can to unravel them. The relationship between Blanche and Stanley is a struggle between appearances and reality. It propels the play’s plot and creates an overarching tension. Ultimately, Blanche’s attempts to rejuvenate her life and to save Stella from a life with Stanley fail. One of the main ways the author dramatizes fantasy’s inability to overcome reality is through an exploration of the boundary between exterior and interior.
Oh, if he was just---ordinary! Just plain---but good and wholesome, but---no.” It can be seen here that Blanche is extremely distraught with Stanley. The uses of italicized words display Blanche’s emphasis on the fact that Stanley is nothing like the men from her old life. Blanche is also speaking in a very choppy manner, especially in comparison to her usual over flamboyant way of speech. These abrupt, declarative statements demonstrate her utter contempt for Stanley.
His intenstions are correct but his delivery of expression is wrong. Jane has tried to resolve the conflicts prevailing in the office, but her efforts are all in vain. Now, Jane is frustrated that she has to act like a “kindergarden teacher”, when she is supposed to be more engaged with the business. Main Issues Andy Zimmerman is a bright star performer, but his ways with his colleagues are not congenial. He is a smart person with great insights and energy but when it comes to dealing with people he is not tactful enough rather he’s blunt to the extent of being intimidating, even to his boss Jane.
Frank and Clegg at first seem free from particular social chains. Social chains being particular laws or moral codes that may in some way shackle an individual. To an extent this is true for both protagonists, however they are prisoners of their own psyche, also that of their parentage and physical inadequacies. Clegg is bound by his obsession for collecting beautiful objects, his position in society, and the struggle to adapt to the freer modern society of the 60’s. Frank on the other hand does not struggle with class issues, nor does he fail to recognize the world he lives in.
Also Stanley and Blanches conflict is very noticeable to the readers, the conflict between them is a big part of the play. There is noticeable sexual tension between them, an example of this is when Stella is in the bathroom, and Stanley takes of his shirt in order to be comfortable, where Blanche seems to be ok with this, but it comes across to the audience later on in the play, that she was uncomfortable being there. Blanche comes across as a ‘man-eater’ because an important characteristic, that’s Blanche seems to not be able to talk to men in a non-sexual way, even men that it is inappropriate to talk to like that, such as Stanley her brother in law. This is a contradiction to where she comes from, because she has been brought up around the old south standards, which is not to have sex until married, and Blanche shows little refection to this. When Stanley finds out the real Blanche he exposes her to
In the novel, pride prevents the characters from seeing the truth of a situation and from achieving happiness in life. Pride is one of the main barriers that create an obstacle to Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage. Mr. Darcy is the perfect example of pride in which a person is selfish and doesn’t want to associate themselves with others below them because they feel as if they are better than everyone else. At first Darcy was seen to have much pride in his social standing, so much that this feeling causes him not to pursue and scorn any one person outside of his own class. Eventually however, Darcy comes to realize that his pride is not as important as love, as Elizabeth shows him, and he is able to change.
As a child Hindley treats Heathcliff poorly and always liked to hurt him by hitting him and insulting him, but he always found enjoyment in relaxing with Catherine, Hindley’s Sister. Every since Heathcliff is first brought to the Earnshaws house Hindley has been treating him very badly but Catherine accepted him into the family. Nelly says about Hindley that, “The young master had learned to regard his father as an oppressor rather than a friend, and Heathcliff as a usurper of his parent’s affections and his privileges; and he grew bitter with brooding over these injuries” (31). Hindley did not like Mr. Earnshaw because he always told him not to bother Heathcliff. Hindley always treated Heathcliff very badly for a long time, and Heathcliff began to despise Hindley more and more.
A Streetcar Named Desire Critical Essay ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ written by Tennessee Williams is a play which the dramatist explores the conflict between reality and illusion. Blanche DuBois, a character who represents illusion and fantasy, goes to stay with her sister, Stella, and her husband Stanley, who represents brutal reality. From the start, Williams portrays the conflict between Blanche and Stanley and uses various techniques, such as costume, characterisation and symbolism, to convey their ongoing battle. Blanch lies as her desire to be loved and protected from her traumatic past is overpowering, and, in the end, she is defeated by the harsh reality that is Stanley. This resolution is satisfying as it shows that desire is destructive, and that merciless reality wins over illusion every time.
Throughout “Long Day’s Journey into Night” by Eugene O’Neill, the issue of the past is one that is brought up quite often, by the entire Tyrone family. Mary; the mother; resents that she has never been able to feel at home, while also battling her addiction to morphine because her husband was too stingy to pay for a real doctor. As well as the men of the family’s addiction to alcohol. The children hate their father for his cheap ways and for the way they were brought up. And lastly, Tyrone resents taking on a family, because it kept him from making his “big break” as an actor.