Themes Demonstrated by Blanche DuBois Analytical Essay

Themes Demonstrated by Blanche DuBois
A discussion on the themes portrayed by Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire."
# 147053 | 873 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2011 in Drama and Theater (American)

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This paper examines how Tennessee Williams uses themes of escape, illusory light, and truth vs. fantasy through out his plays. In particular, the paper looks at how Williams brings these themes into his famous play "A Streetcar Names Desire" to depict the nature and attitude of Blanche DuBois. The paper attempts to show how, within the play, Blanche's facets of hypocrisy, fantasy, and deceit make her a memorable character in American literature.

From the Paper:

"Blanche also lives in a nonrealistic, fantasy world. Even with her age, Blanche lives in an unrealistic world. When talking about her relationship with Mitch and her age, Blanche even says, "I want magic!" (Williams 81). Blanche has to put herself in a fantasy world where she is young, desirable, and able to experience the magic of love and romance. Blanche tries to make everyone believe in her fantasy world so that she can actually live in it. While in the bath tub, Blanche sings "--But it wouldn't be make-believe If you believed in me!"(Williams 99). By singing this song, Blanche shows not only that she is living in a fantasy, but also thinks that if other people believe in her fantasy it will become reality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berkman, Leonard. "The Tragic Downfall of Blanche DuBois." Modern Drama 10.2 ( Dec. 1967): 249-257. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jean C. Stine and Daniel G. Marowski. Vol. 30. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. Literature Resource Center. Web. 19 April 2010.
  • Lahr, John. "Dangerous Liaisons." The New Yorker 14 Dec. 2009: 82. Literature Resource Center. Web. 19 April 2010.
  • SparkNotes Editors. "SparkNote on A Streetcar Named Desire." SparkNotes LLC. 2003. Web. 10 May 2010.
  • Woolway, Joanne. "An overview of A Streetcar named Desire." Drama for Students. Detroit: Gale. Literature Resource Center. Web. 19 April 2010.

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